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Mind-body Therapies, Massage Therapy, Movement




Reconnect: Bodywork to integrate body, mind and behavior

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Bethany Michelle WARD

Bethany is a faculty member of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration, as well as a Lead Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com. Bethany’s articles on the practical implications of fascia research have been published in Massage and Bodywork Magazine, the Structural Integration Journal, the International Association of Structural Integration Yearbook, Massage Magazine, and Endurance magazine, among others.

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Discoveries in neurobiology, fascial studies, haptic design, psychology and counseling are making advances that are revolutionizing our understanding of body-mind relationships. Manual therapists need a resource that presents interdisciplinary findings in a format that they can understand and apply with clients. With the intention of creating clear boundaries, most mental health professionals are trained to refrain from touch. While these motivations are understandable, this has lead to a significant gap in the way we help people grow and heal. Yet, research is continuing to show how our physical bodies and sensation is intricately linked to how we think and feel. Manual and movement therapists are in a unique position to address this gap with work that is more integrative and speaks to the whole individual.

The book discusses how we get stuck in life and how bodywork can help us function better. It talks about how associations created as children, create neural connections that forever affect the way we interpret our surroundings. We see the affects in all the “physical metaphors” we use unconsciously. Even for those of us who speak different languages, there tend to be primary connections — when we think about the future, we tend to lean forward, for example. Athletes who have been blind since birth, use the same body language as sighted athletes when they win (they raise their arms and expose their chests).

This book asks, “How does bodywork affect emotions and behaviour?” Written for bodywork and movement therapists, we’ll:

  • review current research and identify how therapists can speak to both the physical and emotional body,
  • discuss key habits and skills practitioners need to influence emotional and behavioral patterns, and
  • presenting depth: five structural connections and commonly associated feeling states. Sometimes physical sensation and meaning are disconnected.

Other times habitual body patterns may be setting us up to keep having the same feelings. This book proposes that we can adapt bodywork interventions to help clients gain awareness of how somatic patterns may be contributing to unproductive feelings and behaviors. But it can also work the other way. We can use our bodies to foster and reinforce feelings of security, strength, support, stability and self/other individuation.

Other times habitual body patterns may be setting us up to keep having the same feelings. This book proposes that we can adapt bodywork interventions to help clients gain awareness of how somatic patterns may be contributing to unproductive feelings and behaviors. But it can also work the other way. We can use our bodies to foster and reinforce feelings of security, strength, support, stability and self/other individuation.

FOREWORD, PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
1 My story
2 How to use this book

PART 1 – UNDERSTANDING THE SCIENCE
3 Research you need to know
4 Putting research into practice

PART 2 – FACILITATING TRANSFORMATION
5 Enhancing your interactions
6 Transforming your interventions

PART 3 – BUILDING AN INTEGRATED SELF
7. Sensing heart space: Working with Sense of Self and Security
8 Core belly engagement: Working with Strength/Survival
9 Relate core to feet: Working with Support
10 Find vertical: Working with Stability
11 Relate arms to vertical: Working with Self/Other Autonomy

CONCLUSION
12 Conclusion

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