Somatics Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health

ISBN-10: 0738209570
ISBN-13: 9780738209579
Edition: 2004 (Reissue)
Authors: Thomas Hanna
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Description: When our bodies start to feel stiff, sore, or tired, we often say that we're "getting old." But is that really the problem? In this groundbreaking book, Thomas Hanna shows that much of the physical decline associated with aging is not inevitable but  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

When our bodies start to feel stiff, sore, or tired, we often say that we're "getting old." But is that really the problem? In this groundbreaking book, Thomas Hanna shows that much of the physical decline associated with aging is not inevitable but avoidable. Building on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Hanna's practical program for the mind and body proves once and for all that problems you've always thought of as the symptoms of age -- stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue, and, at times, even high blood pressure -- need never occur if you maintain conscious control of your nerves and muscles. He shows how the body can turn a habitual action into an involuntary, destructive pattern called sensory-motor amnesia, and demonstrates a simple but effective method for conquering these habits with sensory-motor awareness. With only a five-minute routine once a day, you can maintain the pleasures of a limber, healthy body indefinitely and escape the confines of age or injury. Practical and easy to use, Somatics is the essential guide to reversing the physical effects of aging -- or staving them off before they even begin. Book jacket.

Author of the groundbreaking book, Somatics: Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health, Thomas Hanna (1928-1990) was the director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in San Francisco and the founder and editor of Somatics: Magazine-Journal of the Bodily Arts and Sciences.

Introduction: The Myth of Aging
The Stories of Sensory-Motor Amnesia
Barney (42 Years): The Tower of Pisa
Interlude: Moving and Feeling--Two Sides of the Same Coin
James (32 Years): The Nightmare Back
Interlude: Chronic Muscular Tension
Louise (56 Years): The Frozen Shoulder
Interlude: What "Somatic" Means
Harley (60 Years): The Retracted Landing Gear
Interlude: The Unconscious Levels of the Brain
Alexander (81 Years): Los Viejitos
Summary: What These Five Case Histories Teach Us
How Sensory-Motor Amnesia Occurs
Atrophy: The Role of Gradual Surrender
The Muscular Reflexes of Stress
The Red Light Reflex
The Green Light Reflex
The Sum of Neuromuscular Stress: The Senile Posture and the "Dark Vise"
Interlude: The Archer's Bow and Danger of a "Tight Gut"
Trauma: The Role of Injury
Interlude: Staying Sexy and Smart
Expectation: The Role of Mental Attitude
Interlude: Learning to Drink from the Well
The Somatic Exercise Program
How to Give Yourself the Maximum Benefit of Somatic Exercises
Interlude: The Daily "Cat Stretch"
The Somatic Exercises
Controlling the Extensor Muscles of the Back
Controlling the Flexor Muscles of the Stomach
Controlling the Muscles of the Waist
Controlling the Muscles Involving Trunk Rotation
Controlling the Muscles of the Hip Joints and Legs
Controlling the Muscles of the Neck and Shoulders
Improving Breathing
Improving Walking
References
Index

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