Muscles and Meridians is a unique book that breaks new conceptual ground in the realm of human movement. Exploring the connection between evolutionary biology and Chinese meridians, the volume offers a novel and effective system of diagnosis and treatment of common musculoskeletal disorders.
- Describes a new model of human movement - the Contractile Field model
- Offers a rare and serious attempt to look at whole person movement patterns – akin to ‘Anatomy Trains’ but with a stronger link to vertebrate evolution and development
- Suggests that much of our endemic back and leg pain is due to a loss of ease in postures that are ‘archetypal’ to mankind
- Offers a profound new understanding of the world’s oldest medical map, the Chinese meridian map
1. A wriggle in deep time
2. Embryological morphogenesis
3. Modelling movement
4. Lateral contractile field (L-CF)
5. Dorso/ventral contractile field (D/V-CF)
6. Helical contractile field (H-CF)
7. Limb contractile fields (Limb-CFs)
8. Radial contractile field (R-CF)
9. Chiralic contractile field (C-CF)
10. Fluid field (F-F)
11. Archetypal postures: a self-tuning mechanism
12. Decoding the Chinese meridial map
13. Manipulating shape
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- 9th November 2010
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Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial
Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.
Registered Osteopath and Naturopath; Honorary Fellow and Former Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK; Fellow, British Naturopathic Association.; Fellow, College of Osteopaths, UK
Graduated BCNO (now BCOM) 1983. Taught osteopathic technique BCNO 1986-2003, taught osteopathic rehabilitation at the BSO 1997-2003.
London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1986-1990
Keynote Lecture, 1st International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research, London 1999
Workshop, 4th Pan Pacific Medical Acupuncture Forum, Taupo, New Zealand, 2004
Private practice, Wellington, New Zealand 2004 -
Osteopathic and Acupuncture Practitioner, Wellington, New Zealand
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