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The Psychology of the Body (LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0781737821
ISBN-10: 0781737826
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"There are no other books that compare with this most interesting offering . . . presented in a most enjoyable, readable writing style." -- Doody's Review Service, Expert Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD

"This long-awaited book provides a well-researched overview of these concepts [and practical methodlogies] grounded in many years of experience." -- Massage Therapy Journal, Winter, 2004

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Explores the connections between the mind and body and the underlying psychological factors influencing the massage therapist-client relationship and the outcome of work. Includes case studies, conceptual issues, suggestions for applying concepts, and more. Softcover.
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Product Details

  • Series: LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series
  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; 1 edition (August 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781737826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781737821
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a fact that body and mind are not separate entities and an eventuality that massage therapists will encounter their clients' emotional expression in some sessions. This book shares Elliot Greene?s and Barbara Goodrich-Dunn's expertise, drawn from over thirty years experience each in dealing with body/mind phenomena and teaching why it comes about, what can happen, how it manifests in different forms, and other information about feelings and emotions that can arise during body work. The Psychology of the Body, written for massage therapists and anyone who works with the body, is a clear and concise book about a large and complex subject -- the human organism. Because of its acuity, I think it is also a good book on the subject of Somatic Psychology in general.
"Our entire mind is reflected in the body. Not only our conscious thoughts, but also our unconscious anxieties, insecurities, desires and other feelings, beliefs, thoughts and values are reflected in our bodies?. The activity in the unconscious ranges from material that we either cannot or do not need to be aware of, to material of which we do not want to be aware." (Page 101).
This is the central issue. Mental repression and resistance can hold uncomfortable or unwanted thoughts and feelings at bay from conscious awareness. However, feelings are an integral part of being human and will find bodily expression even when we use our minds to control bodily impulses and functions or feelings we think are negative (page 98). If held in resistance, feelings can exhibit in different ways outside our awareness and this shows in our bodies.
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This book is well written and organized. Unfortunately my professors at school have been lacking in demonstrating good boundaries and this book really helped me put that in perspective and what to do about it. It explains topics very well. A bit dense for someone new to the topic, so spread out the reading. Otherwise, highly recommended!
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This outstanding book is a must-read for any therapist who works with the body and uses touch - students, recent grads, & experienced therapists alike (longer version below).

Any healing practitioner who uses touch will, sooner or later, encounter individuals in their professional practice who have an emotional response or release during a session and/or have a mental health disorder or complaint that's emotionally related. Furthermore, especially when working with a client for more than a session or two, a therapist becomes emotionally engaged, entering into relationship with that person, even if the relationship is delineated by professional distance or detachment and/or the practitioner does not focus on or intentionally work with psychological issues. Therapists, consequently, need to understand and be sensitive to the psychological dimensions of their work and know how to deal with them.

The Psychology of the Body is a clearly written, concise, and sophisticated guide to the psychological dynamics of the therapeutic process for all practitioners who touch people in the course of treating them. Touch is always a psychological intervention, and by comprehensively discussing its effects, healing powers, and possible pitfalls the authors address what is probably the most overlooked topic in massage and bodywork (and other professions) education and training: it is usually overlooked or covered only superficially (e.g., crunched into an ethics course). This is all the more troubling and potentially tragic considering the extent to which the psychological dimensions are interconnected with touch, massage and bodywork of any kind. This book is exactly the sort of introduction and reference that students have needed.
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this is an amazing book. It is a must for the intuitive healer. The book details in informative and interesting way the relationship between the body and emotions. The book helps to take your massage to a higher level.
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Well. This should be 101 required text for all massage schools, along with their anatomy books.
It really will educate and sensitive bodyworkers on why people respond as they might to touch, explains just enough about mental health with its definitions, helps teach how to create boundaries where-when needed. If you are a massage therapist, would you know how to deal with someone with a mental illness? a rape victim? someone assaulted? whatever might be in a person's history could be activated by touch - and perhaps it is a sign that whatever is ready to come out is - however, what is our work and what are the boundaries of the work we do and offer? we need to know how to deal with potential situations that might come up which we might not even think about until we are presented with it - this book will help you deal with situations with the three "C's" - communication, compassion and confidence when setting our boundaries. I feel it is a great educational tool even if a person is not in the helping profession as a bodyworker.
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