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One of the most interesting and useful self-help books available.

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"Meticulous instructions for exploring how you hold and move every part of your body. The rewards aren't to be underestimated. Rolfing Movement goes to the core of why many people feel stiff and disjointed." (Natural Health)

"A do-it-yourself program of balancing the body through a series of structural awareness exercises that focus on balance in how we walk, breathe, sit, and do simple movements, taking us on a fascinating and vital journey into the blueprint of our structure." (Yoga Journal)

"One of the most interesting and useful self-help books available." (Massage Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; New Edition of Rolfing Movement Integration: A Self-Help Approach to Balancing the Body edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892816422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892816422
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having read about and tried a lot of psycho-body-therapy techniques, I was very impressed to find something this different and efficient. Using relaxation as the primary vehicle of exploration, amazing results occur - fx improving movement flexibility more that "hardcore" streching. Mary Bond guides one to experience ones body in a new, more rich and subtle way. Unlike many related books, this one offers lots of concrete knowledge and advice, Mary Bond is not afraid to share her insights. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - it's simply brilliant.
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The exercises on this tape focus on connecting with one's body, then re-educating one's body to move as nature intended, using gravity as an ally rather than a foe in attaining good balance. First one learns to breath deeply, fully, and effortlessly--which in itself can have a profound impact on every facet of one's life--but that's just the beginning! Gradually one works through the entire body, using one's newfound breath as a tool to attain both deep relaxation and efficient movement (one is not possible without the other). While the exercises themselves are short and simple, you'll begin noticing changes in the way you feel and move almost immediately. There is nothing "New Age" about this tape: It is based on sound anatomical and physiological principals. Yet, in a manner of speaking, it ties together many ideas & techniques popularized by the New Age movement . . only here you see how the fit together and make logical, practical sense, such as the visualization exercises alluded to by the last reviewer. An excellent tape all around!
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If you've been out of touch with your body, it's hard to know how to get connected. The exercises in Balancing Your Body give you a great starting place to find out what's going on inside, nurture yourself, and build balance and posture. The instructions are easy to follow and Mary's gentle guidance put me right at ease. I use many of these exercises as movement lessons for my clients and recommend this book highly.

Anita Boser, Certified Hellerwork Practitioner and author of Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation
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MY REVIEW IS FOR THE BOOK ONLY!

Some Tai-Chi masters say that you should strive to do Tai-Chi so well that you don't do it anymore. Mary Bond's book BALANCING YOUR BODY is a western approach to this ideal. This is a method of exploration, discovery and action to achieve dynamic balance and harmony in a constantly changing internal/external environment. My personal situation precludes formal exercise in definite locations or with groups. Of the extensive search that I've made, her methods are the most interesting and potentially the most useful. However it goes in practice, I will always thank her for educating me to the difference between symmetry and balance.
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Mary Bond guides you with step by step, with great awareness and clarity, in a great series of self exploratory exercises. These are not "work-out" exercises, but closer to guided explorations. Every page is chock full of insights and useful guidance. This is not a book for intellectual reading, but one that has to be actually experienced.

The only thing is that it doesn't come with a CD (or perhaps cassette in the days that it was published), thus the 4 stars. It is not very practical to use the book without aural guidance, e.g. a friend reading it, or making a recording yourself.

I've also read her newer book "The New Rules of Posture" (which I read first.) I also highly recommend that book, which has more up-to-date formatting, and has images. I love that book so much I "went back" to buy this older publication. I am very glad I did.
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