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Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being Paperback – October 1, 1989
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This IS NOT a how-to on Rolfing nor does it get into the transformative powers of Rolfing from the perspective of someone who is undergoing processing. It is more a book of anatomy and kinesiology.
As a text, this book goes a long ways to filling in some of the mysterious blanks in our understanding of the body and it's function in gravity. It has enjoyable prose, flowing description and explanation, countless photos of case studies, and even more valuably it has a great number of hand-drawn illustrations, I beleive by Ida Rolf herself. The book covers specific subjects that are not undertaken by any other texts I have read in this field, where balance and structural orientation are concerned (look for the biomechanical description of the function of the pelvic floor, for example).
For people who work with the body in a hands-on clinical fashion, this book is a classic. It would fill a great gap on the shelf on anyone concerned with physical examination as well.
I can heartilly reccommend the book at this price,too.
Well, there are a lot of convincing before and after pictures that suggest that rolfing really does work for some people. But there was none of the practical hands-on information about how to find what is wrong and how to make it better.
I Do think it's a useful book, but it only goes part of the way. It ends up being one part anatomy book, one part philosophical manifesto, one part marketing. I want the chapters on how to identify problems and fix them.
I would recommend this for the professional.
Ie: Physical or massage therapist etcetera.
Additional Suggestions to Consider
The other book that took my therapeutic massage into structurally based application is Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists by Tom Myer's (a student of Ida Rolf).
The DVD of Art Rigg's - Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release: A Video Guide to Techniques is also highly recommended. He goes (and shows) in detail along with good explanations and share tips that only a veteran bodywork would have. Seeing a moving hands-on application completely revamped my massage practice.
FYI: Skip the book version - go straight for the DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book on Rolfing that I have read & although it contains highly technical drawings & explanations, the fundamental concepts are explained in a clear &... Read morePublished 8 days ago by HBW
Ida Rolf was a pioneer of the fascial world. This is a must read for any bodyworker!! She offers fantastic illustrations of her subjects before and after, along with visuals for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Felicia D Brownlee
I've only just gotten through the first 40 pages, but so far so good. This book is well written and informative. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book provided me with an foundation of understanding about alignment between our bones, muscles, and nervous system. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eye4one
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