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Anatomy of Movement (Revised Edition) [Paperback]

Blandine Calais-Germain
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December 2, 2007 0939616572 978-0939616572 Revised
Anatomy of Movement presents a dynamic, integrated approach to the study of the physical structures of the musculoskeletal system and their functional relationship to the movements of the human body. In clear and concise text illustrated with more than a thousand graphic drawings, the author guides the reader on a lively tour of the muscles, bones, ligaments and joints of the arms, legs and trunk. The focus throughout the book is on anatomy not for its own sake, but in its functional relationship to the actual movements of the body in dance, exercise, and other physical disciplines. In this newly-revised edition, a majority of the thousand-plus illustrations are new or have been modified by the author from the original edition. The text has also been updated, and the sequencing of the presentation of the musculoskeletal anatomy has been revised in part.

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Editorial Reviews


We actively encourage all members of the Romana s Pilates® instructor network, as well as trainees in our instructor training program, to read this book. We believe it s a great source of information to heighten one s understanding and awareness of how the body moves. --Daria Pace, Instructor Trainer, Romana s Pilates®

This work is truly by one who understands movement. Calais-Germain shows her respect for the logic of human anatomy and biomechanics, and reveals her experience in dance. The text is a necessity for all dance teachers and students in their pursuit of further knowledge of the art form. --Moira McCormack, MSc, MCSP, SRP, Lecturer in Anatomy, Royal Academy of Dance

Our students love it! The consistent sequencing of information about each body region helps students develop a thinking process about that part, i.e., 'This is how it's put together, so this is how it works.' --Pat Archer, M.S., L.M.P., A.T.C., Director of Education, Brenneke School of Massage, Seattle

About the Author

Blandine Calais-Germain is the celebrated author of Anatomy of Movement, Anatomy of Movement: Exercises, The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises, and Anatomy of Breathing. Her lifelong involvement with dance, both as performer and teacher, led to an interest in other physical disciplines and to more formal study of the complex and integrated movements of the body. She studied physiotherapy at the French School of Orthopedics and Massage in Paris, and subsequently developed an innovative method for teaching the physical structures of anatomy in relation to movement, which she teaches at workshops in France to students from all over the world.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Eastland Press; Revised edition (December 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939616572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939616572
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better April 1, 2011
By Smith
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This book is recommended for many yoga teacher trainings and is what purchased it for. I've taken collage level anatomy courses in the past, so am not completely new to the concepts and terminology. The book is great at keeping things simple and limiting the information to what is needed for movement. It also has good drawings littered throughout the pages. However, it can be difficult to get used to the way it is written. At times the writing seems random and could use a little more detail to help you get a better understanding. Sometimes the phrasing doesn't really make sense and it will often only give one example. The easiest way I found to work with this book and really understand what was going on was to pair it with an anatomy coloring book. So it's good for giving you basic knowledge but you'll probably need something else if you really want to understand it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for bodyworkers May 3, 2011
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The book has simple and clear illustrations and concise text. The book seems best suited to readers who already have some experience studying anatomy. It then serves as a great refresher, touchstone, and unique re-integrator of points of reference that have been forgotten, mis-understood or misplaced in the memory.
I found the point of view elegant and the organization of the information flowed in a useful way that I found simple to follow and understand. This also makes it easier to bookmark and refer to.
I'm very glad to have this book as part of my working collection of reference books and study guides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massage April 14, 2013
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This book helped me to know how the muscles are moving. So it really helped me to take my final exam. and my state test. Love this book and reference it all the time. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone learning this field or physical therapy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of Movement December 20, 2010
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This is really useful for a person with non-medical background who wants to learn more about the anatomy and movement.
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Great reference for anyone who wants to understand fully how movement works at the deepest levels in our bodies. A solid foundation and "Must read" for anyone working as, or interested in becoming a personal trainer, physical therapist or deepening their personal knowledge of movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent/Approachable resource March 3, 2014
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Fitness and yoga professionals, you will appreciate this approachable resource. I use it to help explain yoga postures in general and yin practice in particular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A miracle... April 23, 2013
By Sooz
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I have no experience in the study of anatomy and read this for yoga immersion training. I was amazed and delighted to learn about the human body. It's a miracle... while a bit overwhelming for someone like me, it was fascinating and I am hopeful that in the years to come, this additional knowledge will help me to understand movement. I feel like I am starting to understand some things, although it is a huge, seemingly endless area of study...

Well illustrated. Sometimes we had difficulty identifying things with great precision, but rarely and that was not our purpose in choosing this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource! June 28, 2012
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This book is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite go-to resources. The illustrations are very clear. The information is spot on and incredibly helpful. If you get this, consider pairing it with her Anatomy of Breathing. Also a fabulous resource!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in days
Haven't read this one yet; I ordered it as a requirement for a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and am really looking forward to reading it!
Published 8 months ago by Sara P
5.0 out of 5 stars "anatomy of movement" book
I study anatomy and this book is a great help in understanding the influence of each bone and muscle on movement
Published 9 months ago by Bella
2.0 out of 5 stars Not altogether impressed
The book was complicated and hard to follow. I have a dance and anatomy background and bought the book to help study for Pilates. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marcie Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, and complex material is presented in user friendly...
This book is well written and complex material is presented in user friendly manner without compromising content :-). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Will Chrisman
5.0 out of 5 stars I reccomend
Preporucujem svima koji studiraju medicinu i bave se biomehanikom, vrlo jednostavna objašnjenja za razumjeti slozen sistem covijkea..

Published 18 months ago by DENIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I use this book a lot as a cross reference to help educate clients and myself about better body mechanics and movement with ease. Read more
Published 18 months ago by COgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This book is well written with good drawings to help reinforce the information she is providing. I think this an excellent resource for understanding the biomechanics of the body... Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by Jaimie
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with J. Pena's review
This book was NOT recommended for my teacher training, I bought it to supplement because the one that was assigned wasn't helping me at all. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by Ms Muffintop
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