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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; New Edition of Rolfing Movement Integration edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892816422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892816422
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most interesting and useful self-help books available.

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"Meticulous instructions for exploring how you hold and move every part of your body. The rewards aren't to be underestimated. Rolfing Movement goes to the core of why many people feel stiff and disjointed." (Natural Health)

"A do-it-yourself program of balancing the body through a series of structural awareness exercises that focus on balance in how we walk, breathe, sit, and do simple movements, taking us on a fascinating and vital journey into the blueprint of our structure." (Yoga Journal)

"One of the most interesting and useful self-help books available." (Massage Magazine)

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I've been a student of the human body since I donned my first dancing shoes at age six. After receiving an MA degree in Dance from UCLA, I was privileged to study with Ida Rolf, originator of a type of body therapy known as Structural Integration. I'm proud to have been certified as a Structural Integration practitioner by Dr. Rolf herself.

Rolf's understanding of the body went beyond anything I'd learned during many years of dance training. She taught that gravity organizes human structures and that people can achieve an optimal relationship with this determining force through bodywork and education.

"The New Rules of Posture" presents new developments in movement education. It evolved out of my wish to share the legacy of Ida Rolf with the general public. While this legacy includes the understanding of posture and movement, it also has philosophical implications. The deeper message is that the way we inhabit our bodies affects the ways in which we perceive the world and behave toward one another. I produced my DVD, "Heal Your Posture", in response to readers' requests for a video version of my teaching.

Currently Chair of the Movement Integration® Faculty of The Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO, I also offer national and international workshops tailored to the needs and interests of various groups such as bodyworkers, yoga and Pilates teachers, dancers and anyone interested in better understanding of their bodies.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having read about and tried a lot of psycho-body-therapy techniques, I was very impressed to find something this different and efficient. Using relaxation as the primary vehicle of exploration, amazing results occur - fx improving movement flexibility more that "hardcore" streching. Mary Bond guides one to experience ones body in a new, more rich and subtle way. Unlike many related books, this one offers lots of concrete knowledge and advice, Mary Bond is not afraid to share her insights. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - it's simply brilliant.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on March 4, 2003
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The exercises on this tape focus on connecting with one's body, then re-educating one's body to move as nature intended, using gravity as an ally rather than a foe in attaining good balance. First one learns to breath deeply, fully, and effortlessly--which in itself can have a profound impact on every facet of one's life--but that's just the beginning! Gradually one works through the entire body, using one's newfound breath as a tool to attain both deep relaxation and efficient movement (one is not possible without the other). While the exercises themselves are short and simple, you'll begin noticing changes in the way you feel and move almost immediately. There is nothing "New Age" about this tape: It is based on sound anatomical and physiological principals. Yet, in a manner of speaking, it ties together many ideas & techniques popularized by the New Age movement . . only here you see how the fit together and make logical, practical sense, such as the visualization exercises alluded to by the last reviewer. An excellent tape all around!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John D. Daniels on August 8, 1999
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Some Tai-Chi masters say that you should strive to do Tai-Chi so well that you don't do it anymore. Mary Bond's book BALANCING YOUR BODY is a western approach to this ideal. This is a method of exploration, discovery and action to achieve dynamic balance and harmony in a constantly changing internal/external environment. My personal situation precludes formal exercise in definite locations or with groups. Of the extensive search that I've made, her methods are the most interesting and potentially the most useful. However it goes in practice, I will always thank her for educating me to the difference between symmetry and balance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anita Boser on November 19, 2007
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If you've been out of touch with your body, it's hard to know how to get connected. The exercises in Balancing Your Body give you a great starting place to find out what's going on inside, nurture yourself, and build balance and posture. The instructions are easy to follow and Mary's gentle guidance put me right at ease. I use many of these exercises as movement lessons for my clients and recommend this book highly.

Anita Boser, Certified Hellerwork Practitioner and author of Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation
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