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Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body's Wisdom Paperback – March 9, 2010
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from the foreword by John Upledger, DO, OMM
Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is a brilliant teacher who offers a powerful approach to healing on all levels.”
Shakti Gawain, author of Creative Visualization
Consciously inhabiting our physical being is the gateway to healing and full aliveness. Full Body Presence guides us with wise teachings, stories, and powerfully crafted experiential explorations on this path of awakening.”
Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance
Reading Full Body Presence is as deliciously awakening as a full body massage. The brilliance of this book is that it challenges without ever judging or blaming, revealing the mysteries of our own internal landscapes, gently expanding our awareness of who we were, who we are, and who we might become.”
Gina Ogden, PhD, author of The Heart & Soul of Sex and The Return of Desire
Full Body Presence is a must-read for all healthcare professionals and anyone who wants to stay healthy and continue their journey of wellness. Read Suzanne Scurlock-Durana’s book many times — it’s full of stories, simple-to-follow exercises, and important principles. Suzanne carefully teaches these principles to manifest change in your life. She weaves wonderful life energy throughout the tapestry of her work. Brava!”
— Ilana Rubenfeld, author of The Listening Hand and creator/founder of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method
About the Author
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Since 1986 she has been a certified instructor of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release with The Upledger Institute, teaching both nationally and internationally. She is also on the faculty at Esalen Institute, and provides ongoing staff development training there, as well as collaborating regularly with Emilie Conrad, integrating Continuum movement and healing presence.
Known for her honest, grounded, nurturing manner, Suzanne assists others in going to the heart of their healing process. She is adept at weaving together mind, body, and spirit to create a unique environment where profound healing can occur. To accomplish this, she draws on her wealth of experience as a professional, teacher and therapist, a wife and mother, and generously shares from all areas of her life.
A sought-after speaker in her field, Suzanne inspires healthcare practitioners, coaches, teachers and care-givers all over the world to stay energized using her life-changing tools for stress management and full-body presence. She also has authored numerous articles, and thousands visit her popular blog, Presence Matters: Reflections on Body, Mind and Spirit at http://massagemag.com/massage-blog/presence-matters. She has a private practice in Reston, VA where her clients also benefit from the techniques she teaches.
Learn more at http://www.healingfromthecore.com
Top Customer Reviews
When you purchase this book, you also gain access to three free down-loadable audio "Explorations" to assist you in the process. The first is called "Opening Awareness", the second is "Grounding and Filling", and the third is "Healing the Internal Resistance to Life". I've used all three of them for several weeks and they are very powerful audios. The author has a lovely voice and the audios give the impression that she's sitting there right with you coaching you through the exercises. As such, I highly recommend this book (and the audios) as a spiritual growth resource. Here's one of my favorite passages from it:
"Another common form of resistance is to secretly, nor not so secretly, wait for the someone or something of one's dreams to come along to finally make one whole and truly happy. This behavior patterns shows itself in various forms - a fear of rejection, impossibly high standards, a fear of commitment or of entrapment, for example. In whatever form, this pattern limits use because we disconnect from our internal experience and dissipate our energy focusing outside of ourselves, looking for that other person or situation that is going to solve our internal distress or loneliness. In this pattern, we once again unknowingly relinquish our power. When we stop waiting and we take back the responsibility for our happiness, our power returns as well. Opportunities come to us when we are at home in our power, open to receive what we desire."
It is ideal for not just healing practitioners. It is clear to me that it will be a valuable resource for anybody who is looking for a sense of fulfillment in their everyday interactions. In using this book you will develop the skills to feel more energetic in life and less 'burnt out' or stressed.
It is all about:
* You: your body self-awareness and navigating life
* You: your ability to experience life fully
* You: your relationship quality
* You: your presence and your perception of that
Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body's Wisdom could be seen as a personal life manual. It helps you understand, in *real terms*, aspects of yourself about which you may have less awareness or an intangible sense.
Suzanne is clear and thorough in outlining everything from:
- definitions and meanings, to
- personal experiences and case studies.
Her information is presented in a real and doable fashion and comes with *guided audio* to further walk you through the process.
It is obvious that Full Body Presence comes from vast experience which really shines through and is comforting in that I knew (the reader will, too) Suzanne's methods are tried and tested.
Buy this book if you are looking for something practical to help develop inner awareness and outer confidence! It can't get easier than this! (Thank You Suzanne: I'm thrilled to have bought my copy!)
Full Body Presence is unique in that there is something for all of us. In this book, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana provides several avenues to understanding and the actual experience of "being present" in one's own body. She outlines a strong theoretical framework presented in language that is both clear enough for those, like me, who prefer concrete description and yet broad and nuanced enough for those who think less linearly.
Suzanne offers interesting examples from her own experience with the thousands of people she's worked with over the years. Plus, she gives step-by-step instructions in language specific enough to show the way into the territory to actually feel what it means to be in one's own body, while flexible enough to allow for individual variations on the path. The CD of Audio Explorations adds another dimension to the practice of this work and sets just the right tone to lead each of us into her/his own experience of full embodiment and present moment awareness. -C.W.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An easy read. Unfortunately meditations where one brings ANYTHING into ones toroidal energy field leave one constantly cleaning up. Well meant but misguided and misguiding.Published 6 months ago by Katrina Phillips
After reading the reviews indicating disappointment that no CD was enclosed with the "Explorations" (meditations), I want new readers to realize that the book offers a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jmke
I was highly disappointed that the book did not come with the CD and that I would have to purchase that separately.Published 10 months ago by Terr
I have gained much insight with this book. Thank you for your guiding perception and thoughts are invaluable. Thank you for your work.Published 11 months ago by L. Mcnees
Excellent book to get in touch with your body. Suzanne's guided meditations are excellent.Published 18 months ago by baroness
I bought this book right after I returned from an international trip that left me really bad off health wise for most of 2011 and 2012. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Courtney Turner
Thank you for reminding me how to connect to myself and the world so I can expand my curiosity and possibilities and thus see and create a life worth living.Published on January 11, 2014 by Geri McLauchlan