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The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand, and Move in the Modern World Paperback – November 29, 2006
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“Mary Bond’s talent and expertise extended my professional dance career until age 52! Anyone who suffers from body dysfunction and pain must read her book. Actually, it should be mandatory reading for all institutions offering anatomy, kinesiology, and medical courses.” (Bonnie Oda Homsey, Former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Artistic Director of Americ)
“I have long searched for a book that addresses the human body as a whole, and with clarity, guidance, and completeness. This book is a multi-faceted gem offering all of that and much more--I highly recommend it to teachers of movement and to anyone eager to learn how to become a better occupant of their body.” (Marie-José Blom-Lawrence, Pilates Specialist and Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, Departmen)
“At last, at any level of knowledge of the body and movement, everyone will have the joy of a discovery that can profoundly change our relationship to ourselves, to others and to the beauty of the world.” (Hubert Godard, Ph.D., Professor of Movement and Research, University of Paris)
"Recommended for anyone interested in the anatomical and emotional aspects of the movement of one’s body." (Dede Archer, Library Journal, Feb 15, 2007)
“Few things are as overlooked and yet absolutely critical to our health and well being as our posture. Mary Bond offers information, stories and tools for learning how to stand and move with ease and elegance.” (Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT, author of 30 Essential Yoga Poses)
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“The New Rules of Posture is a good adjunct to bodywork of all kinds, from chiropractic and osteopathy to Pilates and yoga. Read it thoroughly, let it soak into your experience--your body will thank you.”
--Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains
“Few things are as overlooked and yet absolutely critical to our health and well-being as our posture. Mary Bond offers information, stories, and tools for learning how to stand and move with ease and elegance.”
--Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, author of 30 Essential Yoga Poses
Many people cause their own back and body pain through their everyday bad postural and movement habits. Many sense that their poor posture is probably the root of the problem, but they are unable to change long-standing habits.
In The New Rules of Posture, Mary Bond approaches postural changes from the inside out. She explains that healthy posture comes from a new sense we can learn to feel, not by training our muscles into an ideal shape. Drawing from thirty-five years of helping people improve their bodies, she shows how habitual movement patterns and emotional factors lead to unhealthy posture. She contends that posture is the physical action we take to orient ourselves in relation to situations, emotions, and people; in order to improve our posture, we need to examine both our physical postural traits and the self-expression that underlies the way we sit, stand, and move. The way we walk, she says, is our body’s signature.
Bond identifies the key anatomical features that impact alignment, particularly in light of our modern sedentary lives, and proposes six zones that help create postural changes: the pelvic floor, the breathing muscles, the abdomen, the hands, the feet, and the head. She offers self-help exercises that enable healthy function in each zone as well as information on basic ergonomics and case histories to inspire us to think about our own habitual movements. This book also is a resource for Pilates, yoga, and dance instructors as well as healthcare professionals in educating people about postural self-care so they can relieve chronic pain and enjoy all life activities with greater ease.
MARY BOND has a Master’s degree in dance from UCLA and trained with Dr. Ida P. Rolf as a Structural Integration practitioner. She is a movement instructor at the Rolf Institute and teaches movement workshops nationally. The author of Balancing Your Body, she has also published articles in numerous health and fitness magazines. She lives in California.
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Bond's goal is to make readers more aware of opening the body up to the world. The entire book focuses on the action of walking to gain an understanding of what Bond calls open stabilization and open orientation. These terms of Bond's encourage movement without unnecessarily tensing muscles in the body that over time develops fascial adhesions and ultimately leads to restricted movement and decreased range of motion. Fascial adhesions where two or more fascia stick together can occur in a variety of locations because fascia, the connective tissue in the body, is everywhere. In fact Bond writes that if everything in our bodies were taken away fascia would maintain a recognizable human form.
Things can get pretty complicated when posture is theorized as dynamic, but Bond is clear and precise. She divides her book into four sections: awareness, stability, orientation, and motion. Each section builds on the next. Threaded through each section are Bond's six zones of the body: breathing muscles, abdomen, pelvic floor, hands, feet and head. Bond states that all six regions are connected anatomically and unnecessary tension in any one of them causes a reaction in all of them.Read more ›
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BORING READ BUT GOOD INFO I REALLY JUST NEEDED A CHART AND DIRECTIONSPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book with great new insight how to be in the body. I recommend this for anyone who is interested in their own health or are perhaps helping others with health issues. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book. I am a bodyworker and recommend it to most of my clients. For the price it is one of the best books you can get for advice on body awareness exercises that... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Irv
This book’s author, Mary Bond, was a UCLA-trained dancer who became an Ida Rolf-trained Rolfer. If that sentence makes no sense, you’re probably unaware Dr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bernie Gourley
An extremely clear guide to facilitating change in the body through simple changes in posture and movement. Don't let the simplicity fool you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. I. Kelling
If you use it, you will respond and move more gracefully, naturally.Published 6 months ago by LJohnson
Wonderful and healthy news for all of us who've been sitting, standing and bending incorrectly all of our lives due to faulty instructions from our parents, peers, and physical... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Donna Gabriel
This is a book to be studied and put into daily use. I am finding it very helpful.Published 11 months ago by Hanna Lea