The Psychology of the Body / Edition 2

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Prepare your students to appropriately identify, understand, and respond appropriately to the phenomenon of emotional release during massage and bodywork! This new edition continues to provide a crucial basis of knowledge for massage therapy and students regarding the emotional impact of effective massage therapy. With a new, more colorful layout, this new edition has been fully revised to address the latest science around this topic. Furthermore, in-text features aim to help students apply their learning to actual practice as a massage therapist.

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Reviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This book on the psychological dimensions of touch is designed for practitioners in healthcare who use touch therapeutically, and while it is directed primarily to massage therapists, it will find use within other professions that rely heavily on touching a patient's or client's body, such as chiropractic. This second edition adds new information related to the concept of "bodymind," places new emphasis on cultural considerations, and has replaced much of the older artwork.
Purpose: The book closely examines the emotional release that may occur during massage therapy and attempts to contextualize how these emotional responses occur and, therefore, looks into integrating massage therapy with body psychotherapy. It also will help sensitize healthcare practitioners to the psychological aspects of caring for patients in healthcare contexts where touch is essential. These are all worthy goals.
Audience: The book is directed at anyone using touch in therapy — massage therapists, chiropractors, and so on. It will find its home among students in those professions, though it could be a useful resource for practitioners as well. The authors are well known in their field and have the added benefit of working in dual settings that combine body therapy with touch therapy.
Features: The real focus here is on the psychological "life of the body," looking at the way in which touch may impact the psychology of the person being touched. The book begins by considering this from a general perspective, but then narrows the focus to what happens during massage therapy, both the negative and positive interactions that may occur. Body defenses are described and boundaries are examined. The relationship between body and mind is examined and the emotional release that occurs during therapy. Finally, the book looks at mental health conditions with an eye toward using touch therapy as an aid.
Assessment: This is an interesting book that would be a real positive for settings in which touch is common as part of therapy. All too often, the nature of touch is not considered in healthcare — what it might mean to the patient who feels the touch, how can it be harnessed to help the patient, etc. This book does a very fine job of sensitizing readers to the emotional considerations that may be involved. It links anatomy to psychology and psychology to emotion, providing a context for the emotional release that touch can engender that practitioners should be aware of.
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Expertly explains emotional release, chronic patterns of tension that dampen emotional expression, and methods for responding professionally and effectively.
Doody Review Services
There are no other books that compare with this most interesting offering" ... "presented in a most enjoyable, readable writing style. This is an excellent book that focuses on the psychological dimensions of touch and massage therapy, particularly emotional release or response. Additionally, the scope of practice related to a multitude of psychological issues and problems is addressed. — Martha J. Greenberg, PhD
Massage Therapy Journal
This long-awaited book provides a well-researched overview of these concepts [and practical methodlogies] grounded in many years of experience. Winter 2004

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

Introduction - How to Use This Book
Sect. I The Body Organizes Experience
1 The Psychological Life of the Body 1
2 Psychological Factors Affecting Massage Therapy 12
3 Psychological Defenses Affecting Massage Therapy 33
4 Boundaries and Limits in Massage Therapy 67
Sect. II The Inseparable Body and Mind
5 The Bodymind Connection 95
6 Emotional Release 110
Sect. III Armoring and Chronic Psychological and Physical Patterns
7 Armoring 131
8 Armoring: The Disembodied, Collapsed, and Compressed Character Structures 151
9 Armoring: The Rigid Character Structures 192
Sect. IV Interactions: Yourself, Your Clients, and the Therapeutic Community
10 Understanding Mental Health Conditions and Disorders 223
11 Working With Mental Health Professionals 253
Index 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Any healing practitioner who uses touch will, sooner or later, e

    Any healing practitioner who uses touch will, sooner or later, encounter individuals in their professional practice who have an emotional response or release during a session and/or have a mental health disorder or complaint. Furthermore, especially when working with a client for more than a session or two, a therapist becomes emotionally engaged, in relationship with that person, even if the relationship is delineated by professional distance or neutrality and/or the practitioner does not focus on or intentionally work with psychological issues.
    The Psychology of the Body is a clearly written, concise, and at the same time sophisticated guide to the psychological dynamics of the therapeutic process for all practitioners who touch people in the course of treating them. Touch is always a psychological intervention, and by comprehensively discussing its effects, healing powers, and possible pitfalls the authors are addressing what is probably the most overlooked topic in massage and bodywork (and other professional) education and training: it is usually overlooked or covered only superficially (e.g., crunched into an ethics course). This is all the more troubling and potentially tragic considering the extent to which the psychological dimensions are interconnected with touch, massage and bodywork of any kind. This is exactly the sort of introduction and reference that students have always needed. Furthermore, therapists who have graduated recently and therapists with years of experience alike will benefit greatly from reading this book. They will most likely find the book addresses issues or events they have actually encountered and perhaps struggled with in their practices, so they may get even more out of it than students.
    The Psychology of the Body covers such topics as:
    ¿ Why and how massage and other related forms of practice are a psychological intervention
    ¿ The role of touch in survival, growth and development, and emotional healing
    ¿ The interconnection of the mind and body and how this explains the relationship between tension and psychological defenses
    ¿ How the relationship between therapist and client impacts the healing process, how underlying psychological factors influence the practitioner-client relationship, and how touch affects this connection
    ¿ A body-centered explanation of psychological defenses, boundaries and limits, such as the scope of practice issues and boundaries concerning behavior on the part of both the client and therapist
    ¿ How to identify the boundary line between performing massage therapy and other touch-based methods and psychotherapy and how to avoid violating that boundary
    ¿ Exploring the body-mind connection
    ¿ How and why emotional release takes place during massage therapy and other touch-based methods
    ¿ How to deal with emotional release
    ¿ A study of psychophysical patterns created by emotional defenses and how to tailor your work with a client based on these patterns while staying within your scope of practice
    ¿ A review of major mental health conditions designed for massage therapists and practitioners of other forms of touch-based methods
    ¿ Working with mental health professionals, understanding who they are, what they do, and how to collaborate, network, and refer to them
    Even better, a second edition of the book is now available. According to its introduction, “the new book has 50% more content and is updated through integrating significant new material regarding neuroscience, psychology, attachment research, and cultural differences in bodymind approaches, as reflected by the addition of 279 citations for studies published since the 1st edition was written. New exercises, case studies, instructive features, and a glossary have been added. The visual presentation has been enhanced by redrawn artwork, photo-diagramming, a second color added to the interior and new design features.” Having read both editions now, I have to say the new edition has made a great book even better.

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