An advanced introduction to the field of structural bodywork which focusses on the issues of postural and functional dysfunction. The text builds on the theories of Ida Rolf (Rolfing) and Feldenkrais and reviews them in the broader context of massage therapy and other complementary therapies based on bodywork techniques including chiropractic. The book is in 3 main parts. Part 1 looks at the background of structural bodywork and how it has developed before defining it as it is understood today. Part 2 looks at the theory of structural body work in more depth and relates it to human anatomy and clinical presentations. It draws together various strands of theory and practice which have not been considered together before but are all related to bodywork practice. Part 3 is a major part of the book and is a practical guide to structural bodywork techniques. This latter section is highly illustrated with photographs and line drawings.
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Section 1: Background and History of Structural Bodywork
Structural bodywork: An overview
A brief history of structural bodywork
Structural bodywork in the context of other complementary therapies
What is structural bodywork?
Structural bodywork - some frequently asked questions
Section 2: Our Somatic Organisation
The mapping of man
The techniques of structural bodywork
Structure and function
The connective tissue network
The oscillatory properties of the fascial network
Section 3: Practical Manual
A catalogue of some common postural dysfunctions
Some useful models for working with structure
Practicum - assessment, technique and strategy in structural bodywork
A first approximation to balancing structure
Working in the sagittal plane
Working on the frontal plane
Working on the transverse plane
Working with the shoulder girdles
Working with the external rotation of the leg