- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556439709
- ISBN-13: 978-1556439704
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design Paperback – January 25, 2011
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“The Body in Motion is not just another technical book on anatomy but a passionate illumination of the remarkable instrument we call body.… We don’t need another anatomy book, we need exactly what this writing does to take our entire concept of our functionality as human beings to the next level of consciousness. Theodore Dimon Jr.’s work appeals to me as a dance artist, practitioner of the science of movement, contemplative seeker, and pragmatic teacher. This essential work is immensely readable, enjoyable, and full of both practical wisdom and profound insight.”
—Anne Bluethenthal, dancer, teacher, and choreographer
“The Body in Motion is an outstanding book. I am impressed by the clarity of the writing; every chapter describes and simplifies a crucial aspect of anatomy.”
—Jean E. Sealey, DSc, Professor Emeritus of Medicine in Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
“Theodore Dimon Jr. has written an extraordinarily clear and useful book that is grounded, not only in extensive research and scholarship but, just as importantly, in experiential knowledge based on Dimon’s training and practical work with movement and posture over the past thirty years. I highly recommend The Body in Motion, not just for bodyworkers and dancers but also for artists, physical educators, personal trainers, and anyone interested in the marvelous design of the human body.
—Seymour Simmons III, EdD, professor of art and art education, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina
“This is a comprehensive guide to the anatomical design of the human body, revealing how the body’s systems cooperate to form an upright, intelligent, tool-making marvel capable of great technological and artistic achievement. Based on the author’s research and training in movement and posture for over 30-years, the book contains chapters including breathing, the lower and upper limbs, the spine and the shoulder. With beautiful illustrations and free from technical jargon, The Body In Motion moves away from being just another book on anatomy to provide a deeper understanding of our functionality. Highly recommended.”
About the Author
Theodore Dimon, Jr., EdD, is the founder and director of the Dimon Institute (dimoninstitute.org) in New York City, where he lives. He is a widely recognized expert in the Alexander Technique, a practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, and coordination. He received both master's and doctorate degrees in education from Harvard University.
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In this book, Theodore Dimon describes how the structure of the human body relates to its functioning. Along and along, he inserts strong hints as to how its most efficient working should proceed. Each anatomical point is illustrated by terrific drawings by G. David Brown, and these visuals are a real aid to understanding. The book is entirely complementary with his prior book, Anatomy of the Moving Body, which is a great overview of all the specific bones and muscles in the body.
Of course, readers will look at this book seeking to satisfy their own particular needs. My own happen to include interests in various physical disciplines. The wisdom traditions and religions exhort seekers toward "self-knowledge," as the basis for understanding the greater Cosmos. What more accessible subject for such study than the structure and functioning of one's body itself? Why am I like this? How do the parts function as a whole? And more: what are the basic principles determining its organization? The book does not address my particular angle of interest per se, yet it helps answer my questions.
Mr. Dimon dedicates the book to the late Walter Carrington, who was his Alexander Technique teacher. In an essay, Carrington once wrote, "Without the experience of a proper and reliable physical balance all of the body's functioning is upset.... Without it, we cannot fulfill our design requirements to live efficiently as we should." The study of what's involved with a balanced wholeness, as well as "to live efficiently" -- these, too, are areas worthy of our attention.
The book is unusual in that it is entirely educational, making no claims for "healing" or "improved performance." But it is written from the understanding that inheres in the Alexander Technique, which has been tremendously helpful to many people. All in all, a superior statement.
I've looked for books like this for a long time. I did buy Human Structure, Hylander, Shafland, Cartmill and found it very interesting. There we find a clear and concise explanation of the migration of the superspinatus and the inferorspinatous explaned in terms of migration from reptilian to mammilian structures -- opposum, for instance.
With the Body in Motion we find similar clarity and explanations for structure and function within the context of a natural history of evolution. I hope others follow these important texts on the body and evolution.
Highly recommend for all restorative practice yogis.