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Psychology of the Body / Edition 2

Psychology of the Body / Edition 2

by Elliot Greene
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ISBN-13: 2901608311568
Publisher: LWW
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Series: LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series
Edition description: Second
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction--How to Use This Bookxi
Section IThe Body Organizes Experience
1The Psychological Life of the Body1
Massage As Intervention3
The Psychology of Touch4
The Paradox of Healing6
Overcoming Resistance and Letting Go10
2Psychological Factors Affecting Massage Therapy12
Relationships and Role Assumptions12
The Therapist's World20
The Client's World26
Interactive Factors29
The Paradox of the Healer30
3Psychological Defenses Affecting Massage Therapy33
Client Defenses34
Therapist Defenses58
4Boundaries and Limits in Massage Therapy67
Scope of Practice Boundaries67
Boundaries Concerning Limits of Behavior73
The Therapeutic Frame82
Section IIThe Inseparable Body and Mind
5The Bodymind Connection95
An Experiential Exploration of the Bodymind Connection95
Characterizing the Bodymind Connection98
6Emotional Release110
Why Emotional Release Happens in Massage111
How Emotional Release Manifests112
Characteristics of Clients Likely to Experience Emotional Release113
Dealing With Emotional Release116
Effects of Emotional Release on the Massage Process124
Section IIIArmoring and Chronic Psychological and Physical Patterns
Nature of Armoring131
How Armoring Develops135
Components of Armoring: Charge, Grounding, and Bounding140
Components of Armoring: Tissue Patterns145
Components of Armoring: Layers of the Body149
8Armoring: The Disembodied, Collapsed, and Compressed Character Structures151
The Relationship Between Armor and Character151
The Disembodied Structure153
The Collapsed Structure162
The Compressed Structure176
9Armoring: The Rigid Character Structures192
The Rigid Structures192
The Controlled Rigid Structure194
The Achieving Rigid Structure199
The Entertaining Rigid Structure205
The Romantic Rigid Structure212
Section IVInteractions: Yourself, Your Clients, and the Therapeutic Community
10Understanding Mental Health Conditions and Disorders223
Generalized Anxiety Disorder224
Panic Disorder225
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder227
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder229
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder230
Addiction and Substance Abuse232
Eating Disorders235
Chronic Pain244
Chronic Illness246
Uncontrollable Anger or Rage247
Martial Problems248
11Working With Mental Health Professionals253
Situations That May Require Referral253
Professionals Within the Mental Health Field256
Collaborating With Mental Health Professionals261
Networking With Other Professionals266

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.