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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (September 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556432240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556432248
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When I hold this text, I feel as though I am holding one of the more important documents of our time—an extremely comprehensive and extraordinary map of our subtle anatomy."-Richard Gordon, author of Quantum Touch and Your Healing Hands"This book is a significant addition to holistic-health literature."- John Chitty, R.P.P., President, American Polarity Therapy Association"With Esoteric Anatomy, Bruce Burger integrates profound levels of Oriental wisdom and Ayurvedic theories of creation and transformation in a new and convincing way."- Paul Pitchford, author of Healing with Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition

About the Author

Bruce Burger, M.A., R.P.P., is the founder of Heartwood Institute, one of the world's leading centers for professional training in massage and somatic psychology. Located on 240 acres outside Garberville, California, Heartwood is now in its twentieth year as both a utopian community and educational institution. Burger holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the New School for Social Research. He has been a member of the faculties of the University of Nevada and Rutgers University. Since he left academia in 1972 he has traveled widely and studied in Asia and India.

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In 1978 we founded Heartwood Institute, one of the worlds leading centers for professional training in massage and the natural healing arts. At Heartwood, we participated in a revolution in the understanding and practice, of holistic healing, and the emergence of Energy as Medicine.

All life is sacred. Integrating spirituality into our life is the key to healing. Health and happiness blossom in a life attuned to Spirit.

We offer unique a synthesis of Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology. It offers a constant focus on unitive consciousness... as the key to healing and self-actualization.

In our Energy As Medicine workshops we offer a profoundly effective approach to wellness based on the moment to moment experience of Self Realization, through balanced energy and balanced living.

We invite you to join us in an exhilarating journey of epiphanies home to the experience of your Divine Self.
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Bruce holds a earned a BS from The University of Pennsylvania and an MA from The New School for Social Research. He has been a member of the faculty of The University of Nevada and Rutgers University. He has been a student of East Indian philosophy since 1971.

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Also great for reference, great charts and diagrams.
Devin Ronaldson
A lot of material is summarized int his book, and I'd recomend it to anyone.
Hideko Tamura
I love Bruce's way of describing the almost indescribable.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first met Bruce at an American Polarity Therapy Conference in 1990. He is the founder of the Heartwood Institute in California and a respected member of the Polarity Therapy teaching fraternity. His primary emphasis as a teacher and practitioner of Polarity Therapy is that Polarity Therapy is a form of Bhakti yoga. Bhakti yoga is one of the eight branches of classical yoga and relates to compassionate service as a yogic practise. Esoteric Anatomy is infused with BruceÕs deep commitment to Polarity as spiritual practise. The book is a credit to both Polarity Therapy and him. It is an extraordinary body of work that displays not only his deep understanding of the art of Polarity therapy but also reflects his spiritual studies in India and Asia and so covers an array of material on all the differing aspects of Polarity theory and practice as well as detail on an esoteric approach to somatic psychology. The philosophical underpinning of the book is derived from Sanatana Dharma which is an expression of the teachings of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the teachings of the Indian sage Shankara. Simply put this teaching offers a profound vision of the unity and sacredness of all life and how "ÉÉ.the living conscious, or self, of each being is unified with the one universal Being." The main theme of the book is the body as a manifestation of Consciousness. Threaded through this matrix are sections on fundamental Polarity energy balancing techniques entitled "loving hands are healing hands" followed by chapters on the breath, the Golden Mean, the mystic spiral in relation to the body and astrology and somatic psychology to name but a few.Read more ›
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1998
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I came across a biography of Dr. Randolph Stone, the developer of Polarity Therapy, and knew I had to learn more about his work. This led me to a three week Intensive course at Hartwood Institute where I studied under Bruce Burger. The first copies of "Esoteric Anatomy" arrived the first day of our classes and I had an opportunity to both read it and incorporate the techniques,ideas and philosophy in everyday living. Part I, Loving Hands Are Healing Hands, provides a good background on Polarity Therapy and very adequately describes how to perform eleven hands-on energy balancing protocols. I feel that any adept student could learn to perform these protocols from the step-by-step descriptions given in the book. Part II, Essays on Esoteric Anatomy, provides a wide variety of ideas and philosophies of the kind that went into Dr. Stone's experience in developing Polarity Therapy. I feel that through reading these essays I was able to capture some of the essence of Dr. Stone's experience. Part III, The Practice of Somatic Psychology, provides a theoretical and practical approach to the practice of somatic psychology in a very simple way that produces profound results. Every student in the class could apply these techniques effectively ... and the process is all in the book. I am extremely grateful to Bruce Burger for the many years of love, time and effort that went into making "Esoteric Anatomy" available to me ... and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the healing arts.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Devin Ronaldson on February 12, 2005
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Like Dr, Stone's work, this might take a while to get through, but is worth the time. Read a little, meditate on it. This book is worth taking the time to properly digest. Also great for reference, great charts and diagrams. Great information on indian philosophy, polarity therapy, the elements, the gunas, and many other subjects. Highly reccommended.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2004
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Having met Bruce in person and experienced his personal brilliance and the compassionate nature of his work, I would say this book is a must have for any esoteric minded person. The book covers a huge variety of topics all of which I have found utterly profound. Most of the pages could be read over and over again to soak up the cosmic/myopic insight and awareness dripping from the text. This is not just one mans words, but a infinite reflection of wisdom gathered from all corners of the world. Nothing is left out except personal application of this knowledge to manifest its wisdom and reward. Thank you Bruce.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hideko Tamura on March 8, 2006
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This book is incredible. It's laid out with a lot of charts and pictures to assist what's being said. This is dense and a lot to go through, but I find that going that much in depth help wth unerstanding the complexity of the issues. A lot of material is summarized int his book, and I'd recomend it to anyone. In fact, I had to order two copies--the first copy I ordered went to my mother's house--who liked it so much that I had to order another copy for myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yncara on November 10, 2010
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Bruce's book brings together all of the loose ends that I have been searching for in the study of healing arts. More and more of the text opens itself up to me year after year. I consider this work my bible for healing and look to it regularly for guidance It may seem difficult at first to understand, however as you stick with it, more and more of the content makes more and more sense. I can also attest to the fact that the material, protocols, and techniques work. I have experience profound healing with Bruce's version of Polarity Therapy and have seen powerful results in others. Esoteric Anatomy is a gift to the Human Family.
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