- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc.; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581770995
- ISBN-13: 978-1581770995
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Deane Juhan was born in 1945 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and educated at the University of Colorado (BA), the University of Michigan (MA), and the University of California at Berkeley (three and a half years as a doctoral candidate in English literature specializing in William Blake). In 1973 an experience with bodywork at Esalen Institute in Big Sur led to a sudden change in career. Joining the staff at Esalen as bodyworker and instructor (where he remained until 1990), he saw dramatic improvements in a wide variety of conditions as a result of hands-on work and movement reeducation. This quickened his interest in clinical research, and years of study of the physiology of touch and its concrete effects on development, adaption, skill learning, and healing eventually produced Job's Body: A Handbook of Bodywork, as well as the essays in his latest book, Touched by the Goddess: the Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Powers of Bodywork. He is currently a practitioner of the Trager
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I'm a trained scientist, and a relatively new, journeyman bodyworker, and this book spoke to both aspects. It integrates the hard science and research on all aspects of the human body with what scientists, often pejoratively, refer to as the "soft science" aspects of the mind/body connection. In actual fact, however, the phrase "soft science" can almost always be translated to "an area that we don't know all that much about yet."
And yes, while much of what Juhan observes in the fascinating and important connection between "mind" and body is not exactly repeatable and documented in the ways of official science, it is nonetheless founded on a rather vast (impressively so) set of underlying science, meticulously documented in details and the footnotes to a degree that I'm surprised so many reviewers said the book was "easy to read" -- IMHO, the book is so richly detailed that it takes a long while to digest fully. But that time invested is incredibly rewarding.
Perhaps because I'm new to bodywork, and coming from more of a "hard" science background, I'm more easily impressed, but I have to say that the innumerable and deeply explored examples in the book on how our conscious and unconscious minds influence all aspects of our physical self, and the implications, not only for bodywork, but for how we live as human beings, were really powerful.
Even if you're not a bodyworker, spending time deeply with this book is going to change your own conception about how you can live a healthier life, both physically and mentally. It's the perfect blending of hard science with soft (if I can be a little pejorative for the sake of brevity) that comes from a place of logic and humility that everyone who has a human body (I think that would include most readers), can not help but gain some incredible insights that might just change their lives.
OK, now that probably my most over-the-top 5 star review on Amazon, but I'm happy to have it be placed on this book :)
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.