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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402774591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402774591
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martha Peterson, a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, is a pain relief expert who has worked for three decades to teach people how to get rid of chronic back, neck, shoulder, and hip pain so they can move easily for the rest of their lives. She works with people of all ages who suffer from chronic pain and disability in her studio-both in Maplewood, New Jersey, and internationally. For more information about the author visit essentialsomatics.com.

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This book is clear and easy to follow.
Marcia Hardy
I exercise 5 out of 7 days and am in really good shape.
Cate
I learned somatics with a Thomas Hanna book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karen Robinson on January 15, 2012
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Martha Peterson's book is an important new contribution to the work of Hanna Somatics education, and to individuals looking for a user-friendly introduction to the Hanna Somatics exercises, to work with on their own or as an adjunct to private sessions.

When I first learned about Hanna Somatics, I was thrilled to find Thomas Hanna's book and read the primary source in detail. As a natural health practitioner, I was fascinated to study the principles involved, but there was a bit of a disconnect for me when it came to performing the exercises he describes. I sensed that I was missing certain subtleties of movement and awareness in order to be most effective and to adapt them to my individual needs.

Soon afterward, when I read Ms. Peterson's book, I was so impressed by how she explained the concepts in more practical terms that helped me "get" it. It's important for people to understand how Hanna Somatics works so that they can become more attuned to their own body's process of learning more relaxed and functional movement. So she discusses why people have pain, the role of the brain in either restricting or allowing natural movement, and how that relates to what our muscles are doing.

Her explanations are very easy to grasp, the writing flows smoothly and the layout is so visually pleasing that it's very enjoyable to read through the book and pick it up again and again to refer to as needed.

The photos in the book of Ms. Peterson performing the various exercises, which are organized sequentially, make it easy to see how each is done, and simple instructions next to each photo make it easy to refer to. I've found many books on movement that, due to poor layout and how the images are displayed, the movements are too difficult to visualize.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cate on July 22, 2012
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I have been doing active isolated stretching for 13 years, I have been a whole foods vegan for as just as long. I have gotten acupuncture, deep tissue and sports massage for the past 6 years and have done daily physical therapy exercises for the last 4. I have a standing desk and switch my mouse hand regularly. I exercise 5 out of 7 days and am in really good shape. All of this has kept me from surgery and active and functional, I am quite sure. However, until a week ago, I was in chronic pain - neck, shoulder, hip, knee and I have tinnitus from a neck injury. I have had a number of trauma injuries over the years and an over use injury to my neck/upper back. I suffer from the heavy computer user's injuries as well. I found Martha's book and DVD's online after searching for help with runner's knee. They have changed my life. For the first time in so very very long, I can move my head, roll my shoulders, clean my bathtub, do a strenuous walk or run, chop veggies, etc without pain and my tinnitus is all but gone. I will be doing these exercises for the rest of my life. I can't recommend her book highly enough. If you want pain relief, get this book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2012
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Prior to being introduced to Martha Peterson's Move Without Pain ("MWP"), I was in the throes of Power/Ashtanga Yoga. I used Ashtanga yoga as a recuperative complement to my weightlifting routine. I figured that it would provide an athletic approach to keeping me limber. That said, I found that the movements felt fairly ballistic and soreness would ensue afterwards. In short, I was feeling more overtrained than recovered. I also began to question just how much flexibility was really needed.
Fast forward to an internet post from one of my favorite strength coaches, Dan John. He recommended Martha's MWP as an ideal approach to restoring our natural range of movement ("ROM"). I purchased the book and I haven't looked back since.
First and foremost, it is entirely different from how most people think of yoga or exercise. Think of your favorite, gratifying morning stretch after getting out of bed - it is similar to that but for multiple repetitions and incorporating various positions both on the floor and standing. Martha's book and website do a much better job of explaining the logic behind the practice than I can. I think the most important thing that I can relate here is that the MWP exercises have completely met my bottom line - I feel refreshed, reinvigorated, and, despite lifting weights and being in my 40s, I feel like I am maintaining my god-given ROM without pain.
The book does an admirable job of explaining the movements with good pictures (always a tough task for exercise books). I imagine that I will ultimately purchase her DVD as well for additional perspective.
This is a game-changer for the walking wounded and/or fellow exercisers out there. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Moose on January 15, 2012
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I highly recommend Martha Peterson's "Move without Pain" book. In a very clear and concise manner, Martha captures the essence of somatics, defining what sensory motor amnesia is and how through some simple movements, we can learn how to move with more grace. Her precise language and detailed pictures of the movement patterns are a perfect match even to those who are new to this field. As someone who has practiced somatics for a couple of years, i have read a number of books about the subject, but "Move without pain , in my humble opinion, is an absolute must have for those wanting to learn more about somatics and its role in demystifying the myth of aging.
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