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Katy Bowman is a wise and whip-smart tour guide to your very own body. She makes alignment understandable,enlightening, and doable. As an added bonus, she's also laugh-out-loud funny. -- --Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide<br \><br \>

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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Katy Bowman, M.S., is an internationally recognized biomechanist, focusing her expertise to address our country s epidemic-level health crisis and the mechanical causes of disease. Katy teaches from a unique platform, which is holistic, unfailingly scientific, and delivered with the compassion necessary to truly open people s minds. With her advanced science education, Katy has brought to thousands of people the insight necessary to see the mechanical as opposed to hormonal or genetic causes of female pelvic floor disorder, bone regeneration, and foot disease. Her simple corrective program provides a level of relief generally considered impossible. In addition to directing the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, California, Katy is an author, speaker, producer, and on-air talent. She is the author of Every Woman s Guide to Foot Pain Relief (Benbella, 2011), and Alignment Matters (Propriometrics Press, 2013).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Propriometrics Press; 1 edition (September 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989653900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989653909
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is what I wish I'd learned in massage school. This book is 435 pages of invaluable information about how your human machine is designed to work (and what you can do when it doesn't). The 44+ pages on the pelvic floor alone make this book well worth the purchase. I personally think the section on Pregnancy, Childbirth, Babies and Children should be required reading for anyone wanting to procreate (it is soooo much more useful than What To Expect.....). Katy integrates an incredible amount of information and research in this book, combines it with her biomechanical savvy, and takes you on a journey that clearly shows you how your body works and why you're having the problems you're having.

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.
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This book has been my constant companion since I've had it. I love having the convenience of carrying it with me in my bag, and reading it anywhere. As a reader of Katysays.com, this material is not new to me, but re-reading the posts in this more organized format has been a joy. I'm sure this copy will be highlighted and post-it noted and thumbed through for years to come. I've already sold two copies just by recommendation. Like the other reviewers, this will be a gift I will be happy to give this season. (I'm thinking of a few older members of my family who aren't very computer savvy but would love this content!) As a Pilates teacher I can say this material has not only changed the way I teach, it has changed my life. It's real applicable knowledge, accompanied by many photos, written in a way that will have you staying up past your bedtime. Katy Bowman is just a gem.
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This compilation of the first five years of blog posts written by Aligned and Well's Katy Bowman is incredibly useful, and dare I say MANDATORY for any person who wants to understand and take control of the health of their body.

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.
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I bought this book as soon as it was offered by the author. Katy Bowman has popularized important biomechanics and body alignment information in a lighthearted, fun, breezy style. I'm a fan because Katy's insights have helped my personal physical fitness.

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!
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