Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery

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Destined to become a classic text and reference, Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery shows you how to use imaging techniques to improve posture and alignment and release excess tension. The book's 195 illustrations will help you visualize the images and exercises and show you how to use them in a variety of contexts.

Part I of Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery discusses the origins and uses of imagery and includes 36 exercises that demonstrate dynamic alignment in practice. You'll...

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Overview

Destined to become a classic text and reference, Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery shows you how to use imaging techniques to improve posture and alignment and release excess tension. The book's 195 illustrations will help you visualize the images and exercises and show you how to use them in a variety of contexts.

Part I of Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery discusses the origins and uses of imagery and includes 36 exercises that demonstrate dynamic alignment in practice. You'll explore the importance of posture and dynamic alignment and discover how to use imagery to affect body movement.

Part II explains the biomechanical and anatomical principles behind complex imagery and illustrates 52 exercises to bring these principles to life. You'll learn how to use basic physics to create a strong yet fluid balance in your muscles and joints.

Part III provides 250 anatomical imagery exercises to help you fine-tune alignments and increase body awareness. The exercises focus on different regions of the body—the pelvis, hips, knees, lower legs, spine, shoulders, arms, hands, head, and neck—as well as on breathing. You can select specific images to address individual needs or follow the sequence presented in the book.

And Part IV provides 23 holistic exercises to sculpt and improve alignment in various positions—standing, supine, and sitting. These exercises will help you establish a body image that facilitates dynamic alignment and releases excess tension.

By practicing the techniques described in Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, you'll tap into the power of imagery and create better movement.

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Shows how to use imaging techniques to improve posture and alignment and release tension, offering exercises illustrated with b&w drawings and photos. Discusses the origins and uses of imagery, explains the biomechanical and anatomical principles behind complex imagery, and presents anatomical imagery exercises for specific regions of the body, for breathing, and for sculpting and improving alignment in various positions. For dancers, teachers, performance artists, and movement specialists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873224758
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/20/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 711,444
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Franklin has more than 20 years' experience as a dancer and choreographer. In addition to earning a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BS from the University of Zurich, he has studied and trained with some of the top movement imagery specialists around the world and used this training as a professional dancer in New York.

Franklin has shared imaging techniques in his teaching since 1986. He is founder and director of the Institute for Movement Imagery Education in Lucerne, Switzerland, and professor of postgraduate studies at the Institute for Psychomotor Therapy in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a guest professor at the University of Vienna (Musikhochschule) and has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1991. Franklin teaches at universities, dance centers, and dance festivals in the United States and througout Europe.

Franklin is coauthor of the bestselling book Breakdance, which received a New York City Public Library Prize in 1984, and author of 100 Ideen für Beweglichkeit and Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance (both books about imagery in dance and movement). He is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Franklin lives near Zurich, Switzerland, with his wife, Gabriela, and their two children.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Posture and Dynamic Alignment
Chapter 1. The Roots of Imagery for Alignment
Chapter 2. Postural Models and Dynamic Alignment
Chapter 3. Body-Mind Interactions
Chapter 4. Individual Patterns of Habitual Movement
Chapter 5. Imagery Categorization
Chapter 6. General Guidelines Before Imaging

Part II: Biomechanical and Anatomical Principles and Exercises
Chapter 7. Location and Direction in the Body
Chapter 8. Force, Gravity, and Mass
Chapter 9. The Laws of Motion and Force Systems
Chapter 10. Joint and Muscle Function

Part III: Anatomical Imagery Exercises
Chapter 11. The Pelvis, Hip Joint, and Company
Chapter 12. The Knee and Lower Leg
Chapter 13. The Spine
Chapter 14. The Shoulders, Arms, and Hands
Chapter 15. The Head and Neck
Chapter 16. The Lungs, Diaphragm, and Skin: Breathing

Part IV: Returning to Holistic Alignment
Chapter 17. Alignment Revisited
Chapter 18. Other Exercises to Create Dynamic Alignment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    Great for visual learners!

    This book is great for people who are more visual in their learning stlyle. The images used are very clear in conveying the principles needed to produce shapes and movements, etc.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2003

    What An Eyeopener!

    I really enjoyed this book! I able to use the images right away with immediate results. The improvement to my overall posture has had a very positive effect on my dancing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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