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Out in the Open, Revised Edition: The Complete Male Pelvis Paperback – 26 Jun 2012
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"The success of this book lies in the fact that it has contributed immensely to the chipping away of negative cultural attitudes regarding the pelvis. It has helped many men come to terms with their genitals, thereby allowing them to gain confidence and achieve greater sexual enjoyment.... In my own practice, it has laid the groundwork for treating clients who have exhausted all other options in the treatment of conditions such as impotence, premature ejaculation, fertility problems, hemorrhoids, hernias, and other pelvic dysfunctions."
--From the foreword by Marcelo Coutinho, Advanced Rolfer and protégé of R. Louis Schultz
--Thomas Myers, director of Kinesis, Inc. and author of Anatomy Trains and Fascial Release for Structural Balance "Influenced by Wilhelm Reich, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, and Joseph Pilates, R. Louis Schultz--with his extensive background in anatomy and physiology--explores the tensions and resultant implications of how men sense their pelvis within the larger context of their bodies. His pioneering work is an investigative exploration into avenues of change and resolution."
--Neal Powers, teacher of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration at the
Guild for Structural Integration "With this book, R. Louis Schultz shares the revelations of his profound and detailed study of a body area central to the human structure yet shrouded in cultural taboos and preconceptions. Schultz approaches the pelvis from many perspectives, which makes his contribution a unique resource for those whose work is guided by a holistic paradigm."
--Pedro Prado, PhD, somatic psychologist and chairman of the advanced faculty of
the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration
About the Author
An Advanced Certified Rolfer and Rolfing Movement teacher, the late R. Louis Schultz, PhD, founded the anatomy program at the Rolf Institute and presented Rolfing workshops in the U.S., Germany, Italy, England, Brazil, and Australia. A former professor and chairman of the Department of Human Biology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Dentistry, he was the author of over forty scientific publications and the coauthor of The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality.
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Schulz was a professional and lifelong Rolfer, following the practice developed by Dr Ida Rolf which sets out to correct the muscular and skeletal distortions throughout our bodies created by trauma and lifestyle. However you really don't need to be a believer in this to benefit from Schulz's frank descriptions (and illustrations) of how we are put together and why things go wrong. He suggest a number of changes we can make to improve matters including exercises, improved posture and simple change in attitude to this often ignored part of our bodies.
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The book uses the male's body type, and can help those curious understand the inter-functionality of the male body, how the perineum "communicates" with the body under normal circumstances. The pictures are not sexually stimulating, for me at least, but are very up close and extremely candid with excellent physiques, in black and white. But my "family" has a tendency to place this book, laughingly, with my adult interests, so beware. Perhaps, I have a more direct way to sex related topics.
Overall, for my purposes, which may not be in line with the author's intent were somewhat unfulfilled, because in addition to my professional pursuits in wanting to understand "The Trunk" completely, I wanted to know more about the functionality of the genitalia, which are also valid and pleasurable to have whether sexually active or not, without embarrassment. Sometimes, we can't choose whether or not to be sexually active, and when we potentially are, nudity can present a terrible mental block. And, I am very grateful that Dr. Schultz deals with that state of mind too.
As I said, it is a book to use under normal circumstances merely, in my case, for the most basic purposes with all due respect and reverence to the natural healing processes of the greater body.
However, this is not revised and updated. The content is virtually identical, which is a shame. As good as the original book was, it was written in the late 90's. The author uses some outdated observations and colloquialisms - Ally McBeal, grunge, Generation X. People under 50 will think that makes the content also out of date which is not true but it can obfuscate the actual it.
You're going to want to have Google open while reading this because there will be scientific names of body parts that Schultz doesn't clearly show you where it's located at the time it's mentioned.
If you have pelvic problems, you probably want to see a physical therapist since there are many muscles in there that you cannot hit without another person's help. Make sure this therapist specializes in pelvic care.
I assure you there is NO other book like this one. It has fundamentally shifted how I see and work with the male body.
The psychology and the physiology of men are completely intertwined. Know it, recognize it, and bear that in mind in your bodywork.