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Alignment Matters: The First Five Years of Katy Says Paperback – September 16, 2013
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Katy has charmed and educated all body nerds for years with her unstoppable imagination and barrier-braking communications skills. . . You will find yourself engrossed by her seamless intertwining of biomechanical authenticity, humbleness, humor and humanity. --Jill Miller, Creator of Yoga Tune Up, Co-founder of Tune Up® Fitness Worldwide
Calling on science and her own sparkling wit, Katy gives brilliant insight into the hows of moving beyond a chair-bound culture to reclaim whole-body vitality. --Paul and Gail Dennison, creators of the Brain Gym® program for movement-based learning.
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She does a great job of making complex ideas easy to understand and relevant. And, as other reviewers have mentioned, you'll have many laughs along the way as you increase your body smarts.
Katy, in her engaging and often hilarious way, translates math, physics, and engineering concepts into crystal clear explanations of the everyday things people want to know, such as: why our feet, knees, back, or shoulders hurt and what to do about it, women's health concerns, what natural movement means, why fitness does not equal health, how heeled shoes alter body geometry (and function), improving digestive issues, changing the way we move by increasing our awareness, decorating (furniture free), birthing and raising kids, and SO much more!
You don't need to be highly trained in human anatomy and physiology to understand how the human body is designed to function optimally. And if you are a body expert, you too will probably be surprised to discover that the past 25 plus years of "exercise and fitness" education did not address how being out of alignment due to our habitual positions and lack of movement are a key issue in how and why the modern body seems prone to certain "lifestyle diseases".
Unpretentious, intelligent, endearing, and to the point, Katy teaches bio-mechanical concepts in delicious and addictive bite-sized portions. You will realize through this collection that by becoming aware, we really can take personal responsibility for the health of our bodies.
Alignment Matters is empowering, enlightening, and will give you the insights you need in order to understand how to achieve better whole body health.
That being said, "Alignment Matters" is an amateurish compendium of blog posts, NOT a reference book on correct alignment and how to achieve it.
1. Unlike most books about anatomy, "Alignment Matters" does not contain any anatomically-accurate diagrams of the muscles and bones referred to in the text. The diagrams are clumsily drawn using word-processing shapes by Katy, who apologizes for inaccuracy in her schematics. A reader who doesn't already know the names of muscles and bones will have to refer to a separate anatomical source for explanation. Do you know where your piriformis muscle is located?
2. The entire book consists of unedited blog posts, loaded with chatter and irrelevancies, which have been re-arranged into chapters by topic. No fresh material was written to organize or summarize the essence of each subject. The blog posts wander from point to point, frequently repetitive but not focused. About 2/3 of the book should have been cut. Over and over, Katy says, "I'm too busy to write more on this blog right now." Yes, she's a busy mom, therapist, writer, etc. but shouldn't a reference book cut out that stuff and fill in what she wanted to say but didn't have time the day she hurriedly wrote the blog?
3. The blog posts specifically omit relevant information and often refer to DVDs (sold on Katy's web site) that contain descriptions of exercises. If I had a dime for every time Katy writes, "The exercises are on the DVD" it would pay for the entire book!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading some of her online blogs, I should have known better than to buy this book. This book really is just a catalogue of her blogs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Katy Bowman is a must read. She's able to take the most complicated subjects and really break it down so anyone can understand. She's also quite funny. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As the cover says, this book is the first five years of Katy's blog: Katy Says. Originally intended for current and former students of Katie's Restorative Exercise program (now... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eric Bridges
I seem to keep buying various items from this author/trainer because she has sold things under two, that I know of, different names. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anonymous
Took a while to get but finally the book is here and I love the book.Published 8 months ago by Barb Merrill
i can't get enough of katy and all the inspiring knowledge she shares. i just hope all the alignment points she talks about stick with me!Published 8 months ago by jenring
Very enlightening on many subjects. Now to put it into practice such that my body improves with age and alignment practice rather than watching myself debilitate.Published 8 months ago by gwen
the best and most important movement writer out there right now! Everything she writes should be mandatory in schools.Published 10 months ago by Daniel