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In the revolutionary Somatics, Thomas Hanna demonstrates that so many problems we accept as inevitable over time-chronic stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue, and even high blood pressure -need never occur if we maintain conscious control of nerve and muscle, a state which Hanna calls sensory-motor awareness. This gentle, lifelong program can help almost anyone maintain the pleasures of a supple, healthy body indefinitely, with only a five-minute routine once a day. ...
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Overview


In the revolutionary Somatics, Thomas Hanna demonstrates that so many problems we accept as inevitable over time-chronic stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue, and even high blood pressure -need never occur if we maintain conscious control of nerve and muscle, a state which Hanna calls sensory-motor awareness. This gentle, lifelong program can help almost anyone maintain the pleasures of a supple, healthy body indefinitely, with only a five-minute routine once a day.
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San Fernando Valley Sun, 1/28/10
“[A] favorite body scanning bible.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738209579
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 216,340
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas Hanna, Ph.D. , founder of the field of Somatics, is director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in Novato, California. He is also editor of Somatics Magazine-Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Myth of Aging xi
Part 1 The Stories of Sensory-Motor Amnesia 1
Chapter 1 Barney (42 Years): The Tower of Pisa 3
Interlude: Moving and Feeling--Two Sides of the Same Coin 5
Chapter 2 James (32 Years): The Nightmare Back 9
Interlude: Chronic Muscular Tension 13
Chapter 3 Louise (56 Years): The Frozen Shoulder 17
Interlude: What "Somatic" Means 19
Chapter 4 Harley (60 Years): The Retracted Landing Gear 23
Interlude: The Unconscious Levels of the Brain 26
Chapter 5 Alexander (81 Years): Los Viejitos 29
Summary: What These Five Case Histories Teach Us 32
Part 2 How Sensory-Motor Amnesia Occurs 37
Chapter 6 Atrophy: The Role of Gradual Surrender 39
Chapter 7 The Muscular Reflexes of Stress 45
Chapter 8 The Red Light Reflex 49
Chapter 9 The Green Light Reflex 61
Chapter 10 The Sum of Neuromuscular Stress: The Senile Posture and the "Dark Vise" 67
Interlude: The Archer's Bow and Danger of a "Tight Gut" 75
Chapter 11 Trauma: The Role of Injury 79
Interlude: Staying Sexy and Smart 82
Chapter 12 Expectation: The Role of Mental Attitude 85
Interlude: Learning to Drink from the Well 88
Part 3 The Somatic Exercise Program 93
Chapter 13 How to Give Yourself the Maximum Benefit of Somatic Exercises 95
Interlude: The Daily "Cat Stretch" 98
Chapter 14 The Somatic Exercises 101
Lesson 1 Controlling the Extensor Muscles of the Back 101
Lesson 2 Controlling the Flexor Muscles of the Stomach 106
Lesson 3 Controlling the Muscles of the Waist 112
Lesson 4 Controlling the Muscles Involving Trunk Rotation 116
Lesson 5 Controlling the Muscles of the Hip Joints and Legs 123
Lesson 6 Controlling the Muscles of the Neck and Shoulders 129
Lesson 7 Improving Breathing 137
Lesson 8 Improving Walking 145
References 155
Index 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    This approach to regaining your body's flexibility is not only g

    This approach to regaining your body's flexibility is not only great for that, it's also great for anyone who has injuries or stiffness. This is a very well built tool to help you appreciate what you *can* do. The drawings, while important, can be hard to figure out. Use the word descriptors to make them more clear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever suffered from an injury, stiffness, is worreid about their posture, worried about the physical copnsequences of getting older or just wants to move their bodies freely.

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