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The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design [Format Kindle]

Theodore Dimon Jr. Ed.D. , G. David Brown
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The Body in Motion is not just another technical book on anatomy but a passionate illumination of the remarkable instrument we call body.… We don’t need another anatomy book, we need exactly what this writing does to take our entire concept of our functionality as human beings to the next level of consciousness. Theodore Dimon Jr.’s work appeals to me as a dance artist, practitioner of the science of movement, contemplative seeker, and pragmatic teacher. This essential work is immensely readable, enjoyable, and full of both practical wisdom and profound insight.”
—Anne Bluethenthal, dancer, teacher, and choreographer

The Body in Motion is an outstanding book. I am impressed by the clarity of the writing; every chapter describes and simplifies a crucial aspect of anatomy.”
—Jean E. Sealey, DSc, Professor Emeritus of Medicine in Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
“Theodore Dimon Jr. has written an extraordinarily clear and useful book that is grounded, not only in extensive research and scholarship but, just as importantly, in experiential knowledge based on Dimon’s training and practical work with movement and posture over the past thirty years. I highly recommend The Body in Motion, not just for bodyworkers and dancers but also for artists, physical educators, personal trainers, and anyone interested in the marvelous design of the human body.
—Seymour Simmons III, EdD, professor of art and art education, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina

“This is a comprehensive guide to the anatomical design of the human body, revealing how the body’s systems cooperate to form an upright, intelligent, tool-making marvel capable of great technological and artistic achievement. Based on the author’s research and training in movement and posture for over 30-years, the book contains chapters including breathing, the lower and upper limbs, the spine and the shoulder. With beautiful illustrations and free from technical jargon, The Body In Motion moves away from being just another book on anatomy to provide a deeper understanding of our functionality. Highly recommended.”
Yoga Magazine

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In The Body in Motion, author Theodore Dimon confronts a simple yet crucial task: to make sense of our amazing design. This comprehensive guide demonstrates the functions and evolution of specific body systems, explaining how they cooperate to form an upright, intelligent, tool-making marvel, capable of great technological and artistic achievement. Enhanced with 162 beautifully rendered full-color illustrations, the book opens with an introduction to the origins of movement, leading the reader on a journey through time and evolution—from fish to amphibian, quadruped to primate—showing how humans became the preeminent moving beings on the planet.

Delving deeper into our upright support system, The Body in Motion clearly describes the workings of the hands and upper limbs; the pelvic girdle; the feet and lower limbs; breathing; the larynx and throat musculature; and more. Central to the book is the idea that it is our upright posture that makes it possible for us to move in an infinite variety of ways, to manipulate objects, to form speech, and to perform the complex rotational movements that underlie many of our most sophisticated skills. These systems, Dimon argues persuasively, have helped us build, invent, create art, explore the world, and imbue life with a contemplative, spiritual dimension that would otherwise not exist.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 10061 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 128 pages
  • Editeur : North Atlantic Books; Édition : 1 (13 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009MYB950
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beau et instructif 27 février 2013
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Ce livre est très instructif et la beauté des graphiques rendent la lecture facile. Ce livre fournit des descriptions claires 'mais surtout donné des explications du pourquoi des choses.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Design Fulfillment 4 février 2011
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At the end of this fine book, the author writes, "The human organism is the most complex piece of machinery on the planet, a thing so vast that it is a world unto itself."

In this book, Theodore Dimon describes how the structure of the human body relates to its functioning. Along and along, he inserts strong hints as to how its most efficient working should proceed. Each anatomical point is illustrated by terrific drawings by G. David Brown, and these visuals are a real aid to understanding. The book is entirely complementary with his prior book, Anatomy of the Moving Body, which is a great overview of all the specific bones and muscles in the body.

Of course, readers will look at this book seeking to satisfy their own particular needs. My own happen to include interests in various physical disciplines. The wisdom traditions and religions exhort seekers toward "self-knowledge," as the basis for understanding the greater Cosmos. What more accessible subject for such study than the structure and functioning of one's body itself? Why am I like this? How do the parts function as a whole? And more: what are the basic principles determining its organization? The book does not address my particular angle of interest per se, yet it helps answer my questions.

Mr. Dimon dedicates the book to the late Walter Carrington, who was his Alexander Technique teacher. In an essay, Carrington once wrote, "Without the experience of a proper and reliable physical balance all of the body's functioning is upset.... Without it, we cannot fulfill our design requirements to live efficiently as we should." The study of what's involved with a balanced wholeness, as well as "to live efficiently" -- these, too, are areas worthy of our attention.

The book is unusual in that it is entirely educational, making no claims for "healing" or "improved performance." But it is written from the understanding that inheres in the Alexander Technique, which has been tremendously helpful to many people. All in all, a superior statement.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not just the "how" but the why. . . 31 mai 2011
Par M. A. Rubio - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a great book. The diagrams perfectly illustrate the concepts the text clearly describe the functions of each muscle, muscle group and joint articulation. I highly recommend this book as an addition to any anatomy curriculum. It not only get into the "hows" AND the "why's" of musculo-skeletal structures. It explains them in a straightforward and narrative manner. The writing style makes it an easy and very interesting read. You won't fall asleep or pull your hair out like you would trying to read something like "Grey's Anatomy." I will definitely add this to my class reading list.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Understanding head-led movement 12 août 2012
Par Claire Rechnitzer - Publié sur Amazon.com
In The Body in Motion, Theodore Dimon details the logic and advantage of our unique, upright form. Borrowing terms from structural engineering such as guy-wires, scaffolding, struts and trusses, yard-arms, vaulted arches and keystones, he explains how the various bones and muscles evolved to bear weight and support upright posture. Imagery from mechanical engineering such as hinges, levers, sockets and rockers help to demonstrate how we propel ourselves, balance, breath, vocalize, and manipulate objects. The text is accompanied by two types of illustrations; anatomically correct representations that show the position and articulation of various parts, and mechanical models that show how the parts operate and move.
Dimon begins by describing the origins of movement, explaining how elemental life forms developed simple muscles and spines which helped them pursue food by enabling lateral flexion from the head down. Later species developed ribs, limbs, shoulder girdles, pelvic bowls and the corresponding joints and muscles, enabling refined and deliberate movement. Dimon highlights the consequential relationship between form and function, showing how size, shape, orientation and flexibility of various parts changed as different animals evolved. He compares our vertical form to fish, amphibians and reptiles, four-legged mammals and semi-erect mammals, explaining that rather than being built from the ground up, our erect stature is the result of a gradual up-righting of the original swing-from-the-head construct. Consequently, we are structurally suspended from above, namely, from the base of the skull, with extension and expansion happening from the head down. Ultimately, Dimon explains why and how the relationship of the head to the trunk (in any vertebrate) is the primary organizing principle governing support and movement and how "when properly poised" the human body "seems to spring upward effortlessly against gravity, maintaining its upward thrust because muscles supporting the head and trunk from below are also being lengthened from above."
The first eight chapters focus on the purpose and functionality of the basic musculoskeletal system, showing how each part works individually while contributing to sustaining upright posture. It is particularly helpful that each muscle layer is clearly described in relation to its connection (directly or indirectly) to the head. Subsequent chapters explain how breathing, the voice and throat and the spiral musculature both facilitate and are facilitated by our upright design.
Without mentioning the Alexander Technique, Dimon demonstrates that good design, really good design, affords the potential for good use, and that good use is vital to preservation of the mechanism and to its optimal performance. He also writes that our "capacity for autonomy and choice is directly related to our upright design." Uniquely human advantages such as opposable thumbs, a striding gait and vertical rotation are directly related to this most sophisticated of designs, influencing our powers of reflection and contemplation, expression, communication and exploitation
Beyond naming and mapping body parts, this book delves deeply into an understanding of how our tremendous range of movement is possible and how it serves our most human qualities of mind and spirit. Dimon ends with a call to "celebrate this physical form...and sing praise to its beauty". His book does just that, loud and clear.
* A version of this review appeared in the Spring 2012 AmSAT Journal
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book. 1 janvier 2013
Par G. Crowell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Dimon has written an excellent book that gives purpose and meaning to studying anatomy. The massage school students love how the concepts presented in this book help them to understand the purpose and relationships of the structures and muscles. The concepts are presented in a clear and readily understandable form.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful illustrations and approach to movement 14 mars 2013
Par Jano Lynn Cohen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is beautifully illustrated and the explanations for how the body moves are quite clear. This is helpful for movement and Alexander Technique teachers for explaining their work to students.
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