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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (November 11, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556432283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556432286
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. Louis Schultz has been a Rolfer since 1973, and is currently on the Anatomy Faculty of the Rolf Institute in New York City. He has authored numerous scientific articles and is co-editor with Rosemary Feitis of Remembering Ida Rolf (North Atlantic Books, 1996).Rosemary Feitis worked with Dr. Rolf on her groundbreaking book Rolfing, edited Rolfing and Physical Reality, and is co-editor of Remembering Ida Rolf. She practices Rolfing and homeopathy and lives in New York City.Illustrator Diana Salles is senior artist at the Museum of Natural History, New York.Photographer Ronald Thompson has been a Rolfer for twenty-five years and is a member of the Anatomy Faculty of the Rolf Institute.

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It was well-organized and easy to understand.
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Insightful information and an adjunct to my massage therapy practice.
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I highly recommend it for therapists and patients too.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Clark on December 3, 2010
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This is a great introductory book to the complex study of fascia. The pros are that the authors are very qualified and knowledgable on the subject, and that it is well-written. The cons are that the material did not go as deep into human movement science (kinesiology) as I would have liked, and there was very little written on how to work through breaking down the myofascia. However, this is a great purchase because there is so much information that should be considered before working towards an approach to releasing the myofascia. I would like to see a second book by these authors; specifically addressing how to manipulate the soft-tissue. Overall it was a fascinating read, and worthy of study for anyone involved in physical therapy, corrective exercise, massage therapy, personal training, or anyone interested in learning more about the human body.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Hortensia on October 21, 2008
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I have been teaching massage for over 20 years and I think this is an excellent text. I prefer it to Anatomy Trains, although that is also an excellent text. Beginning massage therapists tend to look at the body as muscle and bone, but there are more connections in the body than that. The Endless Web looks at fascial binding in a very understandable way, which adds a new and powerful dimension to a massage therapist's work.
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103 of 121 people found the following review helpful By enuffodis on December 25, 1998
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Before I read this book I had never really considered the functioning of connective tissue as a "web-like" structure within which bone and muscle articulate. The authors contend, starting with embrionic anatomy and onward, that the c.t. forms a bed within which cells differentiate. From this view point of c.t. being a primary base for physical form, we are shown how all parts of the web are connected, and create "bands" that ideally are nether too tight or too loose. I didn't know much about Rolfing either, but apparently this bodywork deals specificly with c.t. Good book, great publishing company.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Doodle on November 20, 2011
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This is a great book on the theory of this little understood body therapy modality. I highly recommend it for therapists and patients too. The fascia infuses virtually every part of the human body with an ability to be both very strong and very pliable and flexible. When it gets traumatized, it can loose some of its qualities causing all manner of suffering in the body. Skillful manipulation of the fascia tissues can help return it to proper condition freeing the body to be more healthy and pain free. There are many techniques in this work ranging from extremely gentle to quite forceful. It takes tremendous skill and sensitivity to know which is appropriate.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Krug on April 16, 2012
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The authors seem to be very well acquainted with the subject of fascia. This is not a book of exercises to stretch or work your fascia tissue, as I was hoping it would be, but nonetheless I found it a superior read and well worth the reasonable cost of the book. The book imparts to the reader a most illuminating sense of the importance of the function of fascia tissue in the human body.

The single most valuable idea I found in the book was the "alternative" concept that it is not our bones, but rather, our fascia tissue that constitutes the basic structural element of the body. As the authors explain, the body is, after all, a moving structure that is constantly in motion even while sleeping, thus requiring a structure comprised of elastic connective tissue (fascia tissue). The relationship of fascia tissue to the muscles and bones is well developed in this book. It revolutionized the way I now view, and to some extent experience my physical body. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brett Cohen on January 9, 2011
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If you work with the body in any way.. Trainer, massage therapist, chiro, doctor, etc.. you should read this book.. It's time we stop compartmentalizing everything and realize the body is a system of systems.. this book goes a long way in showing that..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2013
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I could not put this book down. It gave me a deep understanding of connective tissue, fascia, or the matrix. Which ever your comfortable with. This book broadens the horizons. A must have for all Massage Therapist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Gold on January 25, 2013
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Everything that you wanted to know about facial anatomy is at hand. Clearly written and we'll organized.
Put this reference on your list, you will not regret it.
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