A Guide to Better Movement offers a clear and practical look at emerging science related to the brain’s role in movement and pain. It is written for movement professionals, athletes, chronic pain sufferers, and anyone else interested in moving better and feeing better. In it, you will learn: the essential qualities of movements that are healthy and efficient; why good movement requires healthy “maps” in the brain; why pain is sometimes more about self-perception than tissue damage or injury; the science behind mind-body practices; general principles that can be used to improve any movement practice; and 25 illustrated and simple movement lessons to help you move better and feel better.
Biographie de l'auteur
Todd Hargrove is a bodyworker, movement teacher and writer living in Seattle, Washington. An athlete all his life, Todd has been a competitive tennis player and squash player, and not so competitive soccer player. In his former career as an attorney, he suffered from chronic pain that he cured through bodywork and movement exercises. Inspired by his own success and interest in chronic pain and movement, he quit the law to become a Rolfer and Feldenkrais Practitioner. In 2008, Todd started a popular blog to correct common misconceptions regarding pain, and promote greater awareness of recent developments in science emphasizing the role of the brain in pain.
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Great book7 juin 2014
jamie phillip hale
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After reading the content at Hargrove's website I was impressed. When I found out he was writing a book I was excited. Once I purchased, and started reading the book I had a hard time putting it down. I spent the entire day reading it. Page 1. "The focus of this book is on the nervous system- how it controls the way we move and feel. One major theme is that it has far more influence on strength, speed, flexibility, endurance, pain and coordination that you might imagine." Todd does a great job providing information on the nervous system's role in movement. Chapter 9- Lessons In Better Movement- illustrates 25 lessons that may help readers improve movement and perception. Hargrove cites pioneering research from some of the world's lead scientists, and writes in an easy to follow format. The book is a good read for the general public and professional. This book rates as one of my favorite all time reads on movement.
Many cognitive scientists, after reading Stanovich's- How To Think Straight About Psychology- say they wish they had written that book. I bet many movement specialists will say they wish they had written- A Guide To Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain- after reading it.
Jamie Hale, M.S., Experimental Researcher- Eastern Kentucky University
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Destined to Become a Classic13 juillet 2014
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This book without a doubt is destined to become a great classic on human movement! I literally could not put this book down! From the beginning to the end you can't help but wonder what am I going to learn on the very next page. Yes! it's that GOOD! Not only does Todd understand human movement but being able to move freely without pain is something he's passionate about. My first encounter with Todd's knowledge came from visiting his blog which lead to me being a faithful follower and supporter of his work and research. When he announced he was writing a book I highly anticipated its release! It's as if he couldn't get it completed fast enough! I say this because much of what's in the book Todd has discussed in his writings from his blog but the book goes much farther than just a compilation of his blog writings. The book is put together in a very logical and orderly format. There's 9 chapters choked full of easy to follow and understand information not based on just his opinion but based on some very solid and current research and data currently available today.
Whether you buy the e-book or the paperback the results are the same. Easy to follow format either way with concise explanations with superb analogies often given. I own both the paperback and the kindle edition. The paperback stays at home while I read the kindle edition on my lunch break at work and elsewhere when I am not at home.
I would easily say that this is the most important book on human movement in print today! With refreshing insights not offered in any other book I know of currently. I have been involved in the iron game for 35 years now and as of 3 years ago I transitioned to a more user friendly approach to movement and exercise which brought me to Todd's website which in turn lead to this amazing book!
My favorite parts of the book would have to be the parts on perception and pain. Another favorite is the summaries at the end of each chapter which is a really detailed snapshot of all the major points Todd emphasis so well throughout each chapter. The last chapter of the book gives detailed instructions are Lessons in Better Movement along with very clear pictures to help visualize the movement. There's 23 lessons that you can follow through for learning to improve your movement and perception. They are based on the Feldenkrais Method and are appropriate for people wanting to improve their movement without a coach or equipment.
In closing I would like to say thanks to Todd Hargrove for writing this book and making it available to the public. If I could only share one piece of valuable advice I learned from the book it would be to "Never Move Into Pain"! And with this piece of advice I now end my review. Hope this review is helpful for anyone even slightly hesitant in buying this book!
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Well worth your money and time16 juin 2014
Ryan S. Crandall
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It's not often that one finds a book that combines the latest research in an easily readable format, but Todd Hargrove has done it in his book 'A Guide to Better Movement'. In his book, Todd writes a compelling case for looking at pain and movement from a neuroscience perspective. It's written at a level for the professional (Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Personal Trainer) on down to the lay person who is in pain and needs help. Understanding the science behind pain is relatively new and unfortunately not many professionals have taken the time to learn the basics of it. With this book, they will have a much better understand of dealing with people in pain especially folks in chronic pain.
Read it and practice the great focused movements in the end!
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This is an absolute must have for every movement professional15 juin 2014
Leonard H Van Gelder
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Todd has accomplished an incredible feat in his ability to elegantly describe a Neuromatrix centered approach to movement. This is the most well written integration of current research based evidence in a book I have ever seen. He connects the dots many of us have simply danced around in our journey to understanding the key role of the nervous system in movement. This book is not only accessible to the clinician, but also the client or patient. Every movement professional must own this book, it will become required reading and an instant classic in the future. In this era of academic inflation, where many textbooks contain minimal, frivolous content, with far less research evidence or proper critical appraisal, are marked up to insane margins; the entry point for the cost of this evidence based content is simply too good to be true. If you don’t buy this book, you are doing a disservice to your patients, and yourself.
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Overall A Good Read but with a Few Minor Problems4 novembre 2014
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Todd Hargroves Better Movement Guide is a very easy read. It's well written, well organized and has some good ideas.
I really liked the way that he talked about slow "non-ballistic" movement, particularly since it is something that I use almost exclusively in my yoga classes.
It was inspiring to see it so clearly described.
There are a few problems though.
The first point is that of stability. He uses the metaphor of firing a cannon from a canoe suggesting that doing so is not a good idea because the force of firing the cannon shot will be wasted in pushing the canoe backwards. (Personally I think the quote alludes to the fact that if you fired a cannon from a canoe you'd smash the canoe or end up being waterlogged.)
The point is that cannon's are designed to be more massive than the shot that they fire. Because the cannon is more massive it is accelerated less than the cannon ball. Doesn't matter if it is on solid ground or on a canoe the recoil force will be the same and being on a canoe won't reduce the "force" that the shot receives as it leaves the barrel.
(It's like doing a push up. Unless you are Chuck Norris then everyone knows that when you do a push up you push yourself away from the earth rather than the earth being pushed away from ourselves. Why? Because the Earth is more massive.)
This is actually relevant to stability as it applies to the body.
Doing a sit up with knees straight but relaxed, we can make it easier to actually do the sit up if we engage the quads to "lock" the knees. Then the weight of the shins and thighs combined gives the hip flexors and abs an anchor from which to pull the torso upwards.
Doing a leg lift we can do the opposite and lock pelvis, ribcage and head into one unit so that then the hip flexors have a foundation from which to act on the legs to pull the legs up.
Using a similar principle we can make it easier to lift the legs by unlocking the knees so that the knees bend as they are lifted with the feet remaining on the floor. We can then lift the shins after the thighs are vertical.
Another idea that I think can be improved upon is the idea of centration. (Personally I think whoever invented the word should be shot. It's an abomination. Why not just say centered! That being said the word is used consistently throughout and so whenever it is mentioned we know exactly what the author is talking about.)
Centration is the idea that in any pose or action a joint is as close to the center of it's range of motion as possible. The author goes on to say that when we look at someone who is "in their body" i.e. using their body with awareness, what we see is a body with all joints centrated. While this may be true I'd argue that this is a pretty hard quality to feel.
Personally what I look for is space or openness or length and that is usually accompanied by tension.
This tension isn't just muscle tension, it is connective tissue tension, akin to the tension in the fabric and guy wires of an old fashioned tent that is set up just right.
I'd suggest that tension is beneficial for people who want to move more efficiently since with it we can both feel our body and control it. (And I'm not talking about the type of tension we get in the shoulders as a result of stress.)
And it leads to the ability to feel the body without needing the floor for feedback.
And that leads to the next problem.
While the exercises in the book are well described and useful, my complaint is that they are for the most part "floor exercises."
The idea is to use the floor to help participants feel their body.
Why not come up with exercises that we can use to feel our body while seated or standing. Instead of learning to feel our interface with the floor (which is important, but personally I focus on it in the context of balancing and using it to feel our center and control it) why not learn to feel muscle tissue activating and contracting.
Finally, on flexibility, while I agree that good movers have good control within a normal range of movement, the evidence that flexibility in the posterior chain correlates with poorer running economy is pretty slim.
The study cited showed that people with less flexibility had better running economy. It appears from the study cited that women are both more flexible and less economical. But a related study shows that women are less economical anyway. Plus the initial study only used 8 participants (4 men and 4 women).
The point is that flexibility isn't necessarily a bad thing if it is accompanied with control within that range of movement.