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Job's Body Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Juhan examines the physiology and psychology of our response to touch, combining excellent illustrations with a detailed but readable technical discussion. Individual sections conclude with his position that through body work, "heightened self-awareness and improved control over conditioned responses" will improve our health and reduce our Job-like suffering. Although Juhan is a professional body worker at Esalen Institute, he does not describe the techniques used and readers will have to test his claims themselves. Recommended for comprehensive collections on human physiology. Michael D. Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. Lib., Blacksburg
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An important and pioneering book. -- Michael Murphy, pre-publication
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Juhan covers the topic of the human response to touch from the micro-cellular level through to system responses all the way to the origins of the body/mind split in western philosophy and the consequences of pharmaceutical dominance in health care on touch therapies. He introduces many new perspectives that bring a rich vitality to anatomy. He shows the interactivity - the interconnectedness - the interdependence of all aspects of the human body, mind and being. He presents some of the latest theories about how the body mind are integrated and communicate - Candace Pert's molecules of emotion.
Not only is Juhan's research fascinating and valuable to body workers, but also his method of inquiry, the questions he asks, and how he asks and seeks to answer them, are very educational - modeling ways we can pursue the investigation ourselves.
Here are a few examples of the kind of insight that Juhan offers in the Third Edition for you to see for yourself:
"This personal, sensory engagement with the self does not spring from a rebellion against scientific authority, but rather from a realization of the present inadequacy of that authority's conception of reality, a realization that is not contrived for the purpose of debate, but which is forced upon [us] by [our] own painful circumstances."
"When the conceptions of reality that we maintain do not square with the things we are experiencing, it is not because we are flawed or because our experiences are wrong, but because our conceptions cannot contain all of the facts as we perceive them. And there is no constructive way out of this crisis but to enlarge our sense of reality to include our actual experiences."
"The goal of bodywork should not be to impose universalized standards of posture and movement upon an individual, but rather to help the individual to cultivate the mental awareness and the physical flexibility to continually adapt to the changing needs of the moment."
"Muscles that have fallen into disuse and flaccidity just don't provide enough pumping action for these intercellular fluids to adequately feed and bathe the nerve cells, and so the general strength of their functions is diminished."
"Subjective and objective are not two distinct ways I have of viewing reality; they are two sides of a continuous feedback loop which together make up that reality. How completely I sense my body and how I feel about it has everything to do with the particular course of events going on within it."
Deane Juhan does a marvelous job explaining exactly what the skin, connective tissue, bone, muscles, nerve and myofascia are, and why we need them. He methodically and meticulously defines why it is important to know exactly what they do, how everything is connected and how neglect can lead to plasticity of the brain.
Many have written on this, but few explain how neglecting the body's needs create plasticity affecting and rewiring the brains' perception and response. Seldom, if ever, do physicians get training on connective tissue even though it has the greatest effect on chronic pain conditions.
Deane Juhan holds tight to same mantras I use in my own writing "self-awareness, self-control and active participation of the will to the process of growth and development are major themes to this education." Keep the fluid moving, it is the oil for the body, and the dump truck for the toxins we accumulate when we live a stagnant life.
If you are a pain management professional, physical therapist, chiropractor, body worker, or a patient with chronic pain, you must read this book. You will have a better understanding of the myofascia, plasticity, and the feedback our brain receives from the body.
However - the theories and ideas presented are WONDERFUL. The book itself is written in a very thoughtful manner, and I can appreciate that. As a massage therapist, I can appreciate this volume.
While I wouldn't say this is a must read, I think if you have the time, give it a go.
On the negative side, the author either has an evangelistic zeal which he indulges at the readers' expense or he fails to distinguish between his belief system and his science. The book is laced with distracting and irrelevant intrusions of Darwinian type evolutionism, which, for someone who has nothing like enough faith to accept the hypothesis, makes constantly having to separate the religious junk from the science very tedious. It spoilt the book for me.
Otherwise, apart from being rather wordy and containing some repetitive grammatical errors, (quite out of place in what is otherwise a well presented and scholarly work), which I would have expected the publisher's proof reader to have weeded out, the book makes a fair contribution to the breadth of one's concepts.