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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Handspring Publishing Limited; 1 edition (8 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909141062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909141063
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can you recommend a book that I should read before I start? It is a question I am often asked by would-be students on the cusp of the College of Osteopaths degree course in osteopathy. A difficult one to answer. The book that most new entrants crave is entitled How to be an Osteopath . It is packed with easy to read chapters and images explaining each of the techniques in the osteopath s toolkit: step by step guidance to competency. This book does not exist. Neither does the DVD. In Robert Lever s words to his students I cannot teach you how to do osteopathy...but what I will try to do is plant enough seeds of thought and orientation that the skills, attitudes and approach will begin to develop in you such that you can make the craft your own.... As Lever wryly notes, the more mature and patient students can accept this, the others fume with frustration. Although relatively slim, the Lever opus At the Still Point of the Turning World was 40 years in the making. The design on the front cover evokes the iconic prism and rainbow emblem of Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, and reminds us that when this album was released in 1973, a young Robert Lever was just setting out in his osteopathic career. That it took the author so long to make sense of osteopathy might give a clue to the book s scope and depth. Challenging concepts are swiftly unpacked one after the other and deftly fitted together into a 3D matrix: holism, reciprocity, quantum theory, tensegrity, placebo, ritual, chaos, paradox, the intelligent fulcrum.....There is certainly the sense of a turning world: it is like watching a scrambled Rubik cube being snapped into order at full pelt. To attempt it in a single sitting could be akin to unwittingly harnessing oneself into a seat on Smiler at Alton Towers. A rush of intensity. One could imagine the uninitiated reader stepping off at the end feeling unsteady and slightly unwell. This book should be right at the top of the reading list for any aspiring osteopath. --Elizabeth Elander, Head of Programme Operations, College of Osteopaths

This is a unique text. It contains a remarkable mix. The scientific perspectives have probably never [before] been gathered together in one place. This is priceless, and makes the book essential reading for the intelligent osteopath. --Harold S Klug DO, Osteopathy practitioner, London, UK.

This book is long overdue and is a contribution to osteopathic thought and philosophy which has never before been so eloquently stated. --Gerald Lamb BSc(Lond) DO, Osteopathy Practitioner, London, UK and International Lecturer.

About the Author

Robert Lever BA DO is a highly-skilled and well-respected practising osteopath with over 40 years of experience in providing holistic and compassionate care. He is also a gifted and empathetic teacher who strives to share with his students the understanding of the background science and philosophy of osteopathy which is essential for the effective delivery of care. For over 35 years he lectured on the Principles of Osteopathic Practice at European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone, UK which later awarded him its Medal of Honour for services to osteopathic education.


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Book Review by Gerald (Gez) Lamb DO, London

At the Still Point of the Turning World: The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy

Author: Robert Lever

(Publisher: Handspring Publishing 2013)

This book is long overdue and is written by a practitioner who has had over 40 years experience in practice and as a teacher of osteopathic principle. It is in a field of its own because it is about the essence of osteopathy; the principles, the art and the philosophy. Organised into three parts it is required reading for every osteopath; for those who truly already know, but have never been able to put it into words, for those who think they know but are willing to keep an open mind and for those who don't know that they don't know but are open to a challenge.

In Part 1 on 'Principles' Robert lever presents an overview of osteopathy; its history, its models, its scope and its potential, starting with the way in which osteopathy is perceived and taught, from A.T. Still through to the present encompassing every concept, model and technique approach from gross structure through fascia to the cellular level to include quantum physics, coherence and entrainment. The reader is left with a sense of the whole field of osteopathy and the principles that support the practice of it.

In Part 2, the art of the practitioner and the therapeutic effect are brought to light. Here the author puts the ineffable into words. The reader is left with a sense of how it is that treatment really works.

In Part 3 the author shares his personal philosophy about how healing works as a reflection of the state of 'being' of both practitioner and patient and the relationship between them.

This book covers everything you always wanted to know about osteopathy but just couldn't find the words to ask the question. Be prepared to read it more than once.

Gez Lamb, July 2013
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This book is brilliant and inspiring for all osteopaths. Not surprising when one considers the author.
For the layperson, reading parts which stir your interest is illuminating and can greatly add to your perspective on what it is being human.
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Multi-layered, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, this gem is about osteopathy, but more than that it is about the practice and experience of healing. Complex ideas written in an accessible and engaging style are testament to the deep insight and longevity of experience of the author. Truly a must read for anyone interested in the art of healing, osteopaths and non-osteopaths alike.
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At the Still Point of the Turning World:
The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy

Robert Lever, Handspring Publishing 2013

A rush of intensity: fasten your seatbelt for Lever's `Still Point'

"Can you recommend a book that I should read before I start?" It's a question I'm often asked by would-be students on the cusp of the College of Osteopaths' degree course in osteopathy. It's a difficult one to answer.

The book that most new entrants crave is entitled `How to be an Osteopath'. It is packed with easy to read chapters and images explaining each of the techniques in the osteopath's toolkit: step by step guidance to competency. This book does not exist. Neither does the DVD. In Robert Lever's words to his students "I can't teach you how to do osteopathy...but what I will try to do is plant enough seeds of thought and orientation that the skills, attitudes and approach will begin to develop in you such that you can make the craft your own...." As Lever wryly notes, "the more mature and patient students can accept this, the others fume with frustration."

Although relatively slim, Lever's opus At the Still Point of the Turning World was 40 years in the making. The design on the front cover evokes the iconic prism and rainbow emblem of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and reminds us that when this album was released in 1973, a young Robert Lever was just setting out in his osteopathic career. That it took the author so long to make sense of osteopathy might give a clue to the book's scope and depth. Challenging concepts are swiftly unpacked one after the other and deftly fitted together into a 3D matrix: holism, reciprocity, quantum theory, tensegrity, placebo, ritual, chaos, paradox, the intelligent fulcrum.....
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As a layman with an interest in healing in the widest sense I read this book with the greatest of interest. Although it is focused on osteopathy, many of the issues it addresses have relevance for anyone concerned with healing both at the physical level and otherwise.

The viewpoint is entirely holistic with an integrated view of body, mind and soul. Robert Lever sees that the power to heal is within the person (patient) and the job of the healer is to help find and stimulate that power. The body knows what needs healing. Listening to the patient is key. While the osteopath "listens" with his/her hands & fingers, most of the principles could apply to any healing, just with a different sort of deep listening.

Lever is in tune with the ideas of ancient teachings and also and with those of quantum physics. He sees the need to approach the world with humility, with wonder and without the need to know, and he also addresses the wish to understand consciousness. Because his view of healing is so wide, I think anyone concerned with any sort of healing process should find a great deal of interest in this wonderful book.
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