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The Body Has Its Reasons: Self-Awareness Through Conscious Movement Paperback – May 1, 1989
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Original Language: French
From the Back Cover
THE BODY HAS ITS REASONS
by Thérèse Bertherat and Carol Bernstein
“All our lives we juggle words so that they’ll reveal the reasons for our behavior. And what if we were to seek, through our sensations, the reasons of our body? . . .it is possible for you to find the keys to your body again, to take possession of it, to live in it at last, and to find your proper vitality, health, and autonomy.”
--from the author’s introduction
“ A compelling, often personal, account of the ways in which movement affects well-being and can literally transform lives.”
--Deborah Hutton, Vogue
In this revolutionary and highly readable book, Thérèse Bertherat and Carol Bernstein shatter myths about traditional exercise and health. They introduce movement that is based on a profound selfawareness, freeing us from our limiting attitudes about ourselves and our bodies.
Strangers to our own bodies, many of us spend our adult lives suffering from tensions and chronic aches and pains--problems that have no apparent genesis or solution. In repeating habitual patterns of movement, we ignore the range of possibilities available to us, so that the body suppresses and eventually forgets its natural grace and integration. Employing traditional exercises to alleviate the symptoms of a round stomach, a bad back, and muscles that ache after sports, we often force the body to act against itself and perpetuate our discomfort.
A physical therapist and teacher of movement in Europe, Bertherat takes the reader through a series of precise, gentle, organic movements. These “anti-exercises” develop the body’s range and freedom of movement, releasing constraints and reawakening dormant muscles. By using the appropriate energy for each gesture, they bring relief from a multitude of ills, at the same time awakening the senses and sharpening perceptions.
The Body Has Its Reasons offers a realistic alternative to conventional body work that can help you become more efficient, creative, and self-confident. It can increase your intellectual capacity as well as your athletic ability and free you of sexual problems, including frigidity and impotence. No matter what your age, the information in these pages can help you release the beautiful and well-made individual that you were meant to be.
Top Customer Reviews
I have been teaching yoga professionally for 16 years, and I totally empathize with her stories of treating students with her method - gleaned from her amazing teachers and which she calls Preliminaries. She describes with sometimes breath taking clarity her viewpoints, the incidents which led up to their formulation, the difficulty in working with the bodies of unconscious people and the shadow presence of something else which resists being helped at all. So much of it was familiar to me from my own work.
No airy fairy theories here, folks. Just real life experience which can be applied practically. If you are into alternative therapies in general and body work in particular, this book is not to be missed.
Sravaniya DiPecoraro, Yoga Instructor, Hong Kong, 1999
The techniques are simple, no impact movements (the focus is on one's comfort, instead of pushing and challenging the person to reach a certain position or "level" of ability; you just go at your own pace, as your body tells and allows you to) that teach one about the human body, and their body. I know this may sound too good to be true... it is true and that's why I love it so much: I am often negative and skeptical about lofty promises but this book simply and effectively delivered the goods in an undeniable way that transformed me by expanding my physical awareness and capability! This method is currently little known, because it originated in Germany and France in the 20th century, and it's founders did not seek to turn it in to a multi-national-corporate-product or -series or -system at the time. Passed on by word of mouth, someone finally decided to write it down and share it with the world!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good information (although not groundbreaking at this point). Unfortunately it is packaged in arrogant and condescending verbiage that I found distracting and off-putting.Published on March 20, 2014 by Dano
Brilliant. Easy to read. The book that started the whole revolution in body awareness and kinetics for the do-it-yourselfer wanting really, really good information and useful... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I learned to be more aware of my body and its movements. This is about a new way of exercising that respects the body and helps make it stronger. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Tania Ramalho
I was impressed with the method presented. Finally, something to help me get in touch with my cell memories/feelings, correct them and be better for it! Read morePublished on January 21, 2001