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Somatics : Reawakening The Mind's Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health - Thomas Hanna


Reawakening The Mind's Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health

Paperback Published: 14th July 2004
ISBN: 9780738209579
Number Of Pages: 176

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In the revolutionary "Somatics," Thomas Hanna demonstrates that so many problems we accept as inevitable over time-chronic stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue, and even high blood pressure -need never occur if we maintain conscious control of nerve and muscle, a state which Hanna calls sensory-motor awareness. This gentle, lifelong program can help almost anyone maintain the pleasures of a supple, healthy body indefinitely, with only a five-minute routine once a day.

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San Fernando Valley Sun, 1/28/10 "[A] favorite body scanning bible."

A movement and health classic


This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about; human movement, chronic pain and longevity! The paradigm shift and gentle exercises given in this book will help you to move better, and to move without pain.

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Introduction: The Myth of Agingp. xi
The Stories of Sensory-Motor Amnesiap. 1
Barney (42 Years): The Tower of Pisap. 3
Interlude: Moving and Feeling--Two Sides of the Same Coinp. 5
James (32 Years): The Nightmare Backp. 9
Interlude: Chronic Muscular Tensionp. 13
Louise (56 Years): The Frozen Shoulderp. 17
Interlude: What "Somatic" Meansp. 19
Harley (60 Years): The Retracted Landing Gearp. 23
Interlude: The Unconscious Levels of the Brainp. 26
Alexander (81 Years): Los Viejitosp. 29
Summary: What These Five Case Histories Teach Usp. 32
How Sensory-Motor Amnesia Occursp. 37
Atrophy: The Role of Gradual Surrenderp. 39
The Muscular Reflexes of Stressp. 45
The Red Light Reflexp. 49
The Green Light Reflexp. 61
The Sum of Neuromuscular Stress: The Senile Posture and the "Dark Vise"p. 67
Interlude: The Archer's Bow and Danger of a "Tight Gut"p. 75
Trauma: The Role of Injuryp. 79
Interlude: Staying Sexy and Smartp. 82
Expectation: The Role of Mental Attitudep. 85
Interlude: Learning to Drink from the Wellp. 88
The Somatic Exercise Programp. 93
How to Give Yourself the Maximum Benefit of Somatic Exercisesp. 95
Interlude: The Daily "Cat Stretch"p. 98
The Somatic Exercisesp. 101
Controlling the Extensor Muscles of the Backp. 101
Controlling the Flexor Muscles of the Stomachp. 106
Controlling the Muscles of the Waistp. 112
Controlling the Muscles Involving Trunk Rotationp. 116
Controlling the Muscles of the Hip Joints and Legsp. 123
Controlling the Muscles of the Neck and Shouldersp. 129
Improving Breathingp. 137
Improving Walkingp. 145
Referencesp. 155
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780738209579
ISBN-10: 0738209570
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 14th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 17.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1