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Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, 1e Paperback – November 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0443063510 ISBN-10: 0443063516 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 1 edition (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443063516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443063510
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A significant contribution to the literature" Lisa Mertz, Massage Therapy, July 2002
shall have our hands full mining the insights presented in this significant contribution to the advancement of our field" Jack Baker, International Professional School of Bodywork, Massage, July 2002
important contribution in it s field"Caduceus Issue 55
is Myers s theory of the anatomy trains that makes this book important... This book is so good that it deserves to sell out it s first edition ." Stephen Pare, Journal of Structural Integration, June 2002

About the Author

Thomas W. Myers is a massage therapist and Rolfer. He has served on the Rolf Institute Board of Directors and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic massage and Bodywork. He has lectured widely in the USA and runs frequent workshops around that country. He also lectures in the UK and Europe and his book has recently been translated in German by U F. He publishes regularly articles in Massage Magazine (USA publication for massage therapists) as well as in JBMT. Through his articles in these journals he is know becoming better known internationally. He is regarded very highly by his peers.

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Thomas W. Myers directs Kinesis, Inc, which offers continuing professional development courses worldwide. Tom has been a massage therapist and Structural Integration practitioner (rolfer) since the mid-70's. He has served on the Rolf Institute Board of Directors and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. He studied directly with Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Buckminster Fuller. His book has recently been translated in German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, and Korean, with editions in Chinese, Japanese, Finnish, Italian, and Russian expected soon. He publishes regularly articles in Massage Magazine (USA publication for massage therapists) as well as in JBMT. Through his articles in these journals he is know becoming better known internationally. He is regarded very highly by his peers.

Customer Reviews

You will find you absorb much through just forging through as I did.
Tyler Bay
Mr. Myers starts by describing how the body is formed and, more specifically, how the myofascial web is built from embryological development through maturity.
William G. Pratt
I found the illistrations easy to understand and the dialogue easy to read.
Dianne Banner

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233 of 236 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Whitebread on March 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wow! I thought I'd ordered the wrong book for my needs, which are 1.more knowledge of the process of myofascial release and 2. more understanding of places/points of anatomy. It has been a long while since I've been in school and a long time since I worked at a top teaching hospital in the Bay area in California.
I read a few paragraphs, taking care not to damage the book, because I thought I'd probably return it. HOWEVER, after a few sentences I was immediately caught up in the beauty and clarity of this work. NEVER has physiology been made so interesting. Finally, I understand so many things that were just a jumble of memorized facts in preparation for exams. This book has rekindled my love of physiology and is even undoing my dislike of anatomy. Anatomy didn't make sense to me - it was boring - it was memorization. Now I am understanding why my body is so damaged from the stresses I subject it to, but better, I understand how I can undo some damage and prevent more.
I worked on a Sports Medicine unit where famous athletes came for surgery. So much surgery can be avoided with corrective measures for chronic stressors. The medical community needs to be aware of this important material.
So bravo for such a readable work. What depth of historial findings, beautiful graphics, excellent grammar and text. I feel as though I'm in school again, but this time it is for pleasure and for pain relief.
After a few pages I tried to find out more about the author and was surprised not to see a Ph.D. by his name, although I'm not sure a Ph.D. makes one any wiser.
I totally concur with the first review.
Don't buy this book if you are looking for a simple, trendy approach to bodywork. This is so much more.
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259 of 278 people found the following review helpful By Julio Kuperman, MD on October 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a Board Certified MD Neurologist, with osteopathic training, a Yoga Practitioner of 25 years, and have been teaching Yoga in the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles for 10 of those years. I was familiar with Tom Myers' work for some time. Needless to say I was awaiting this book's release with an anticipation that was not disappointed.
Myers is that rare bird who can convey his insights in a way that is not only accessible but also enjoyable. As is often the case, the revelations in his book (and all of his previous articles) will, I predict, have a profound effect in the Medicine of the XXI century, and have come from "outside" the mainstream of the profession.
The style is agile and yet precise (I particularly enjoy his command of Latin) The book's design is ideal both for straight-through reading and for focusing on particular interests the reader (manual therapist, yoga instructor or practitioner, etc) may have. The illustrations are awesome (to use that tired adjective, for once, in its true etymological sense) although my edition lacked the one facing page 93 (Superficial Front Line) due no doubt to a printing snafu.
The basic idea, that tensegrity ()tension integrity) patterns and structures undergird function at a macroscopic level, while not new, is presented here with clarity, scientific and anatomical rigor, and esthetic sense. It is, above all a practical book, a veritable "Instruction Manual for the Human Body" whether our own or that of the fortunate human that is a reader's cliant.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Julius E. Daniels on August 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having had significant recent exposure to Tom and his school, I would like to add my cudos. The writing is supurb and entertaining. Presentations are clear, concise, and his writing is as animated as any I have ever read.

I believe that this book was written for bodyworkers to explain the dynamics of the myofascial system and how it may be manipulated to help correct improper joint and connective tissue alignment. His metaphor "anatomy trains" is a beautiful description of the layers of contiguous or nearly contiguous myofascial layers that run along the human form.

His use of a variety of illustrations old and new is amazing. I realize that he has a vast personal library so it is easy to see where spent many hours gathering just the right images that conveyed exactly what he wanted to say.

This should be rightly called a "reference textbook" and sit close to your Netter or Clemente.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Earl S. Hinds on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been a professional body therapist since 1979. Anatomy Trains is one of the best books I have seen in my entire career spanning 36 years. This is a great book for all kinds of body therapy styles and forms. The book clearly states and I agree that a detailed knowledge of human anatomy is necessary to follow and understand the book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ilona on December 2, 2006
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I am a yoga teacher who has been interested in myofascial meridians without knowing it! I have been exploring Kundalini Yoga which tends to get into the tissues to release patterns of tension. The information in this book was just what I needed to further my studies.

This book does a great job of explaining the fascia along with excellent exercises for release.

This book may be a difficult read for a lay person but if you are in any kind of movement therapy work - this is a must!
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