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Discovering the Body's Wisdom - 96 edition

Discovering the Body`s Wisdom (ISBN10: 0553373277; ISBN13: 9780553373271)
ISBN13: 978-0553373271
ISBN10: 0553373277

Summary: Discovering the Body's Wisdom is the most authoritative and complete guide available for this fast-growing area of holistic health. Drawing on more than twenty years of research and hands-on experience, Mirka Knaster offers a wealth of information to help you understand and choose among more than sixty mind-body practices - from traditional Eastern disciplines such as T'ai Chi, Shiatsu, and Yoga to modern Western techniques such as Rolfing, Feldenkrais, and Trigger P
oint Therapy. She answers such questions as: What are the reasons for selecting this method? What can you expect from one session or a series? How can you find a qualified practitioner? What, if any, are the "consumer bewares"? The bodyway entries also contain vivid personal accounts, illustrated "experiences" you can try at home, and fascinating profiles of leaders in the field.
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Summary: Discovering the Body's Wisdom is the most authoritative and complete guide available for this fast-growing area of holistic health. Drawing on more than twenty years of research and hands-on experience, Mirka Knaster offers a wealth of information to help you understand and choose among more than sixty mind-body practices - from traditional Eastern disciplines such as T'ai Chi, Shiatsu, and Yoga to modern Western techniques such as Rolfing, Feldenkrais, and Trigger Point Therapy. She answers such questions as: What are the reasons for selecting this method? What can you expect from one session or a series? How can you find a qualified practitioner? What, if any, are the "consumer bewares"? The bodyway entries also contain vivid personal accounts, illustrated "experiences" you can try at home, and fascinating profiles of leaders in the field. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 96
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Books, Inc.
Published: 06/28/1996
International: No



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There are so many different kinds of bodywork available these days, many people find it hard to choose. Massage therapist and health writer Mirka Knaster's comprehensive book is a good place to start. ...show more She covers just about everything in both the Eastern and Western traditions--from various types of yoga, martial arts, and massage to newer practices such as Rolfing and the Alexander Technique to esoteric movement and touching practices of which most people have never even heard. The one thing all these techniques have in common is that they seek to bring healing and self-discovery through physical practices. "Many people first turn to bodyways because the pain of an injury or chronic condition forces them to seek alternatives," Knaster writes. "The other motivation .. comes from a natural drive toward healthy or optional functioning." Either way, she says, these practices help us overcome our disconnection from our body and our feelings. It would be hard to overstate how much sheer information is supplied in this book. Not only does Knaster describe each technique and explain what it's supposed to do for you, she gives its history and a brief biography of the inventors, along with addresses and phone numbers for obtaining more information. A chapter on working with a given practitioner helps answer the multitude of questions readers are likely to have: How do you know if he or she is properly trained? How should you feel after a session? What do you do if your relationship with the practitioner seems too intimate or even improper? While anyone looking to get involved with a given technique would do well to find books that discuss it in greater depth, some may find that Discovering the Body's Wisdom already provides everything they need. Either way, it's a fascinating book, and a great reference to keep around. From Publishers Weekly If ever a book could have used a subtitle, this is one. An explanatory phrase like "Bodywork Therapies Old and New" would go far to alerting readers to the scope and purpose of this co ...show less
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