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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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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.