Move Without Pain Paperback – 18 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Martha Peterson is a former professional dancer with a BA in Dance Education and certification in Hanna Somatic Education. She teaches in her studio at Shakti Yoga and Living Arts in Maplewood, New Jersey. Learn more at www.essentialsomatics.com.
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There is a lot that can be learned from these DVDs and I really need all of them as there are so many muscles that are in need of 'awakening' and so many brilliant, simple to do and highly effective exercises on these DVDs. It is so much easier when you watch them being done and hear the instructions that go along with them and also learn how they are affecting your movement and the intelligence behind the movements. I really have developed a better body awareness. Martha also does one to one lessons over the internet which may interest some people, but I'm pretty happy working through these DVDs for now but have not ruled out using this facility in the future.
I also recommend Viniyoga: Yoga Therapy for the Upper Back Neck and Viniyoga: Yoga Therapy for the Low Back Sacrum with Gary Kraftsow which are both available on Amazon.
I recommend these two instructors to anyone with mobility problems who is fed up with spending large amounts regularly on a host of private practitioners who can only sort out your problems for a few days and 'recommend' you coming back every week indefinitely. For the cost of less than a couple of those sessions, I have been able to cope with these weekly sessions and saved a bundle of my much needed cash. I hope they work as well for all of you.
This book is a much needed modern update of the seminal Somatics 'bible' by Thomas Hanna. The pictures are clear and precise and Martha Peterson does a wonderful job explaining the science behind why this works.
She makes many acknowledgements to Thomas Hanna but in my opinion this book is as important as its inspiration, bringing Somatics into the 21st Century and providing a simple solution for people who have otherwise 'tried everything'.
That more people don't know about Somatics is a travesty.
Everything makes sense, and it works, if you put the time in to get to know your body, it works. For just about anyone, you can improve, whether that means being able to get out of bed more easily or competitive sport, this will bring you on. For those in biomechanical pain who have had enough, you can be in less/no pain. No massage therapist or physio, no matter how skilled, can do what you can do for yourself every day. Other Hanna Somatics/Feldenkrais books are available but this is such an accessible place to start, and the DVDs are worth the download too if you possibly can. Let Martha, firm but fair, reassuring and inspiring, guide you away from your unhelpful patterns and pain.
But only you live in your body and it is so empowering that ultimately it is your patience and persistence with yourself that leads to relief and progress.
I have MS, bilateral Morton's Foot, had Menieres, was a GP and I wish this was on the NHS - it would save so much suffering and money.For Morton's Foot/Menieres you need Amber/Clair Davies Trigger Point Workbook as well to understand some specifics. But I have every myofascial release roller and trigger point gizmo going - rarely use them now because as time goes on, this approach is clearly unravelling knotted fascia as part of the re learning.
Thank you Martha, you rock.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book and these teachings changed my life! Before I discovered Hanna Somatics I had suffered with arthritis since being a child and had walked with a stick for 20 years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant book to read, learn and practice from, that helps to overcome muscular pain.Published 3 months ago by Sonia
This is a great book about Hanna somatics, especially when complemented by Martha's dvds or online videos. It it gradually helping me with my chromic lower back pain.Published 12 months ago by Katharine Norman
Apart from a couple of mistakes - repetition of a step for one of the exercises and the wrong side stated for another. I found the book to be clear and well laid out.Published 16 months ago by Ms. J. M. Campbell
Love the book - clear instructions. There are many books with the Somatics exercises described but this one includes lots of extra guidance on how to get the most from the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Angela
Interesting and makes a lot of sense, will definitely try the exercises as having lots of aches and painPublished 22 months ago by SH