- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 32555th edition (November 29, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594771243
- ISBN-13: 978-1594771248
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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“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)
“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)
“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)
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HEALTH / EXERCISE
“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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Finally, while researching books on Rolfing, I found this book. I just finished reading it and it is literally the holy grail of posture. Finally, someone is actually explaining *all* aspects of posture, not in a handwavy new-agey way but with plenty of references to scientific papers... but also admitting and embracing fully how much posture is related to emotions and attitudes. It explains the theory but is also chock-full of exercises for both discovery and practice. And this knowledge is so vitally important and can affect so many aspects of your life, it deserves to be read by *everyone*, seriously.
When I was trying to understand my back pain, one of the first books I came to was the top result on Amazon for "back pain", specifically "8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back" by Esther Gokhale. Not only did that book not help, but it actually made things *worse* (e.g. her advice to center weight over the heels, or to breathe more with chest and less with belly, both of are terrible and contradict what Mary Bond teaches, and don't even get me started on Gokhale's truly bizarre "kidney bean" standing which actually left me in pain for a week). It really bothers me that Gokhale's book is currently ranked #4,000 while Bond's is ranked #30,000.
If you're reading this review, buy this book -- if you read it and practice the exercises, it will literally change your life.
It is not your average book on correct posture or ergonomic workplace tips.
This book teaches you how to engage with the world through your body in a light, effortless manner. The suggestions can challenge your ideas of how our minds, bodies and environment relate. By following the suggestions years of subtle habits of tightness and self-consciousness slowly fade and a more fluid way of moving in the world emerges.
I am 62, male, have worked blue collar and white collar jobs. Had poor posture since childhood.
I am more comfortable and am more interested in interacting with my surroundings than just wanting to feel a bit less stiff in the morning.
It can be dense in medical terms (I used a dictionary a lot) but you get a clear picture how your body works. So much more than just a book on fixing a posture.
A lot of the fitness field of late is nonsense about chakras and auras and whatnot that seems to be making it up as it goes along, but this book is the real deal. It has exercises and activities that work, it promotes bodily awareness and wonderful insight into ergonomics through real-life examples. No chakras (OK, a little about chakras, I think) or auras or Mayan 2012 anything here. The author is a dance instructor with a Master's degree who really seems to have a way with explaining this stuff and how to be more aware of your body. She is also very aware of anatomy and the book often has good pictures to show what she's talking about and which muscles are involved. Most importantly, her methods work.
I was running slower than usual and I wasn't doing very well on my squat. No clue why. Then I read this book. I realized that after an ankle sprain a few months ago, I'd still been holding on to the rails on stairs, ramps, etc even though the ankle on that side had healed. I consciously altered that behavior. Before, I hadn't even realized it.
Back to adding weight to my squat and jogging up and down the stairs (I didn't even notice I'd stopped doing that!). The closest analogy I can come up with is when I teach kids reading skills and they have that "uh-huh" moment where they finally comprehend what they read as they do it. That's how I felt after reading this and started to think about how I sit and stand and walk as I do it and how I could make it better. The wall exercise was really interesting in demonstrating the pelvic floor. This book teaches you body awareness skills. Simple, but really quite profound stuff.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes to stay fit. Helpful in setting up office ergonomics, too.