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The Wisdom of the Body Moving [Paperback]

Linda Hartley
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1 Nov 1994
This comprehensive guide introduces Body-Mind Centering, the internationally recognized field pioneered by dancer and occupational therapist Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Devoting thirty-five years to a systematic investigation of the relations between bodily experience and the anatomical maps of science, Bainbridge Cohen independently discovered many of the principles that underlie Feldenkrais work, cranial osteopathy, Rolfing, dance therapy, and Zero Balancing. Experienced BMC practitioner Linda Hartley demonstrates the basic philosophy and key elements of Body-Mind Centering. Drawing on animal and infant movements, she takes readers through the wondrous realms of Bainbridge Cohen’s pantheon—from the 'minds' of the skeletal and muscular systems to the quite different inner lives of digestive, lymphatic, urinary, respiratory, vocal, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive organs. Her choreography ultimately brings us into the states of consciousness of skins, cells, blood, fat, cerebrospinal fluid, nervous system, and brain. Hartley’s explorations of the images, feelings, sensations, and intuitions of the diverse organs and cells lead to exercises that gently guide students in ways of discovering and integrating their bodies’ multidimensional aspects.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (1 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556431740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556431746
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Hartley lives in North Norfolk, England, where the wild spaces of sea and sky inspire and nurture her work. She is a transpersonal and body psychotherapist, somatic movement therapy trainer, and writer. With nearly thirty-five years of professional experience as an educator and therapist, her books offer insight and detailed descriptions of approaches within the fields of somatic movement, somatic psychology, body psychotherapy and psychospiritual healing crises. Her writing weaves together the healing of body, mind, soul and spirit.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works, but boring to read 16 Nov 2010
I bought this book for my 7 years old daughter. She had a coordination problem (dyspraxia). After going through the exercises everyone noticed an unbelievable improvement: no more falling while sitting on a chair or walking! So I am very happy to have bought this book.
The book in itself is hard to read, as little pages are dedicated to the exercises and most is dedicated to general talks about the "wisdom of the body".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Body - Best Brain ! 7 April 2011
This is more than just 'a book', it is on a par with Descartes's, Darwin's, and Dawkins's breakthroughs; and it ccnfirms with both objective scientific and subjective body-experiential good sense both Gurdjieff's "Many I's" and the holistic body-mind-spirit work of leading researchers such as Mabel Todd, Rudolf Laban, Carl Jung, David Boadella, Beata Jencks, Ronald Shone, and Ramachandran & Blakelee.

In brief, Linda Hartley takes us deeply and safely into our very own life-experience and potential, simply but very expertly by showing how our evolution and human-development is a sequential-process between the actual movement-capabilities of every part of our body and the reach-out capability of the Brain-Mind (reviewer's term) into as it were custom-made little minds located within each organ, limb, or body-part: a kind of 'trans-substantiation' of the appropriate part of the one central Brain-Mind.

In this quite reasonable sense, successive parts of your body have a mind-of-their-own, coordinated by the Brain-Mind; and they developed in movement-ability as we grew.

Remembering that the first essential process of any living-thing is Movement, Linda leads us through a series of friendly natural body-positions and movements, helping us to track and if need be 'catch up' with our innate 'design' potential; and this is called 'Body-Mind Centering'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great excercises! 1 Dec 2013
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The writing style starts a bit woolly. Keep reading. It gets better. Take ample time do the practice, to experience the validity of the information for yourself. I experienced it in a two-day class led by Lisa Loustaunau (Core Energetics). Wonderful teaching!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE wisest books on Body Wisdom! 17 Mar 2005
By Charlie Badenhop - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in a somatic approach to learning more about yourself, or learning how to help others, this book is one of THE very best books on the intelligence of the body, that I have ever read. I work as a somatic practitioner myself and I find this book to be invaluable. Not only as a basic primer, but also as a reference book, and a book that has helped me in creating various exercises for myself and my clients.

This book is well thought out and well sequenced. It does not get much better than this!
(And believe me, I am NOT getting paid for this review! <G>)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book for anyone doing any sort of body work. 2 Mar 2009
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My 200 hour level yoga teacher training course heavily leaned on the body mind centering work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. My yoga teacher is a direct student of BBC. Often I wished my yoga teacher would put her beautiful wisdom into a book. This work, body mind centering, is an incredible resource for power, self nurturance and healing. Body mind centering is a direct path into the self and is incorporated into any movement or body work. This deep knowledge of the body and its wisdom is our birthright. It's really powerful stuff. I think everyone practicing any form of movement therapy would benefit from exploring body mind centering work. This book, by Linda Hartley, fully explains the BMC work and experience. This is the book I wish my yoga teacher had written. I am very grateful she made this book required reading for her 500 hour course. It's a resource I will go back to time and time again.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAscinating and Easy To Read 9 July 2010
By Rosie - Published on Amazon.com
This is my third copy of Wisdom of the Body Moving, as I have lent others to students intrested in learning a little more about the working body. This book is so well written, comprehensive, and informative. I was turned on to it years ago by my yoga teacher/boss, and I use its priciples in my own teaching now. Yoga students, dancers, athletes - body movers - would get so much out of a read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom of the Body Moving 5 Jan 2014
By Julie Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. A good read. Especially if you are in the field of body work, or even just for yourself.
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