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Structural Bodywork: An Introduction for Students and PractitionersAvailable now - for the somatic professional 'Structural Bodywork: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners' by John Smith

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"There is much in this book to expand your awareness of basic somatic methodologies and interventions.  John has made the rich concepts of bodywork freely available"
- A short extract from the foreword by David Lake MD.

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Providing an advanced introduction to the field of structural bodywork, this valuable resource combines coverage of both skills and theory into one comprehensive guide to bodywork practice. Featuring numerous illustrations with photographs and drawings, it provides extensive information on the theory of structural bodywork related to human anatomy and clincal presentations. Focusing on issues related to postural and functional dysfunction, this reader-friendly text also discusses the background of structural bodywork, how it has developed, and how it is understood today.

Outstanding Features

  • Content is highly readable, academically sound, and grounded firmly in bodywork practice.
  • Previously unrelated theories are discussed and applied to practice. 
  • The well-known theories of Rolf and Feldenkrais are reviewed.
  • A comprehensive practical manual section provides numerous techniques and models for a variety of skeletal problems.
  • Numerous illustrations provide a better understanding of text content.

Table of Contents


Section 1 Background and History of Structural Bodywork

1 Structural bodywork: an overview
2 A brief history of structural bodywork
3 Structural bodywork in the context of other complementary therapies
4 What is structural bodywork?
5 Structural bodywork – some frequently asked questions

Section 2 Our Somatic Organisation

6 The mapping of man
7 The techniques of structural bodywork
8 Structure and function
9 The connective tissue network
10 The oscillatory properties of the fascial network

Section 3 Practical Manual

11 A catalogue of some common postural dysfunctions
12 Some useful models for working with structure
13 Practicum – assessment, technique and strategy in structural bodywork
14 A first approximation to balancing structure
15 Working in the sagittal plane
16 Working on the frontal plane
17 Working on the transverse plane
18 Working with the shoulder girdles
19 Working with the external rotation of the leg