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Structural Bodywork

An introduction for students and practitioners

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 this specialized form of bodywork practice. Featuring numerous illustrations with photographs and drawings, it provides extensive information on the theory of structural bodywork related to human anatomy and clinical presentations. Focusing on issues related to dysfunctions of structure, posture, and gait, this reader-friendly text also discusses the background of structural bodywork, how it has developed, and how it is understood today.

Paperback, 256 Pages

Published: November 2004

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-10010-9


  • Preface
    Section 1: Background and History of Structural Bodywork
    Structural bodywork: An overview
    A brief history of structural bodywork
    Structural bodywork in the context of other complementary therapies
    What is structural bodywork?
    Structural bodywork – some frequently asked questions
    Section 2: Our Somatic Organisation
    The mapping of man
    The techniques of structural bodywork
    Structure and function
    The connective tissue network
    The oscillatory properties of the fascial network
    Section 3: Practical Manual
    A catalogue of some common postural dysfunctions
    Some useful models for working with structure
    Practicum – assessment, technique and strategy in structural bodywork
    A first approximation to balancing structure
    Working in the sagittal plane
    Working on the frontal plane
    Working on the transverse plane
    Working with the shoulder girdles
    Working with the external rotation of the leg


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