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The Psychology of the Body [Format Kindle]

Elliot Greene , Barbara Goodrich-Dunn

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The Psychology of the Body provides massage therapists, bodyworkers, and other professionals who use contact with the body with a greater understanding of the psychological issues that can arise from using touch in their therapy sessions. This new edition continues to provide a crucial basis of knowledge for students, recent grads, and experienced therapists alike regarding the emotional impact of effective therapy. The book describes the connection between the body and the mind, how touch affects this connection, the client's emotional reaction and release, and how to respond to the client in an appropriate manner. With a new, more colorful layout, this new edition has 50% more content and has been fully revised to address the latest science around this topic. For instructors, prepare your students to appropriately identify, understand, and respond appropriately to all aspects of the therapeutic relationship, including the phenomenon of emotional release, dealing with boundaries, effective interpersonal communications, and a body-based approach to ethics. Furthermore, in-text features aim to help students apply their learning to actual practice. Teaching resources like power point presentations, lesson plans, and tests with answer keys are available.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Informative 24 septembre 2003
Par Catherine Edward - Publié sur Amazon.com
It's a fact that body and mind are not separate entities and an eventuality that massage therapists will encounter their clients' emotional expression in some sessions. This book shares Elliot Greene?s and Barbara Goodrich-Dunn's expertise, drawn from over thirty years experience each in dealing with body/mind phenomena and teaching why it comes about, what can happen, how it manifests in different forms, and other information about feelings and emotions that can arise during body work. The Psychology of the Body, written for massage therapists and anyone who works with the body, is a clear and concise book about a large and complex subject -- the human organism. Because of its acuity, I think it is also a good book on the subject of Somatic Psychology in general.
"Our entire mind is reflected in the body. Not only our conscious thoughts, but also our unconscious anxieties, insecurities, desires and other feelings, beliefs, thoughts and values are reflected in our bodies?. The activity in the unconscious ranges from material that we either cannot or do not need to be aware of, to material of which we do not want to be aware." (Page 101).
This is the central issue. Mental repression and resistance can hold uncomfortable or unwanted thoughts and feelings at bay from conscious awareness. However, feelings are an integral part of being human and will find bodily expression even when we use our minds to control bodily impulses and functions or feelings we think are negative (page 98). If held in resistance, feelings can exhibit in different ways outside our awareness and this shows in our bodies. Understanding how our psychological state is expressed in the body and how working with the body affects our psychological state as well as how our work is affected by the interaction between the mind and body is imperative for massage therapists.
This book also addresses the problem of the massage therapist who does not know what to do or feels uneasy when a client has an emotional release. The massage venue is a logical place to experience and move through emotional expression because the somatic practitioner is releasing tension and working into the soft tissue, which sometimes also leads naturally to release and processing of held emotion. However, the therapist?s discomfort may reflect societies? perplexity with emotional expression, concluding, "it's bad, it's wrong, it's too much, it will lead to insanity, etc." This discomfort might cause the massage therapist to have an inappropriate reaction or "invalidating response" (page 114) to the client, which can reinforce the client's blocking of his or her feelings. For example, if the massage therapist is uncomfortable or impatient with emotional expression, then that is what they impress on clients. They either discourage the client from a richer relationship with self or they loose the client to a more empathetic body worker.
The other problem regarding dealing with emotional release is the massage therapist who responds by doing too much. The book explains how the massage therapist can make a balanced response that avoids either too much or too little caution.
A major point of this book is the boundary between psychotherapy and massage therapy and explaining how the massage therapist can remain on the correct side of this boundary. For example, one distinction the authors identify is the difference between processing and handling psychological material (page 69). The massage therapist needs to learn to handle emotional expression appropriately when it occurs as a secondary and spontaneous result of the massage. This allows clients to have their emotion without being placated, frowned upon or rejected. A critical issue is that the massage therapist neither induces the emotional reaction nor processes the psychological material. The authors keep to this subject with good ordering and progression of material, practical exercises, and exacting description.
Material ranges from information about the philosophy surrounding body/mind issues, the psychological implications of touch and physical sensation, psychological terms and mental health conditions that are defined without jargon or technical wording, the dynamic underlying therapist/client relationship, and the interrelationship between chronic psychological and physical patterns. In addressing psychological issues, they carefully explain the power differential between therapist and client and point out pitfalls, such as the therapist?s psychological inflation from the dramatic work and the client's regard; in other words the attractiveness of the "healer archetype." As the authors weave in and out of this material they never loose sight of exampling what is inside and outside of the massage therapist?s scope of practice.
Of special importance to massage therapists is the description of the difference between armoring and tension. Tension can dissolve with bodywork but armoring is embedded within the body, particularly the nervous system and corresponding dynamic psychological defenses -- an important distinction. The authors? discussion of the different types of tissue and examples of working with different patterns are detailed and particularly clear. Goodrich-Dunn and Greene approach the subject of the psychological connection with the body?s tissue by defining and discussing the concepts of grounding, bounding and charge.
The practical exercises throughout the book give space for the reader to ask themselves some questions and personalize the workbook to their practice. Exercises include a list of emotions and how you and your family members relate to them, an in depth list of boundary issues and questions about personal beliefs. It is also helpful that there are extensive resources for various subjects such as situations that may require referral, understanding mental health conditions and disorders, and explanations of the various mental health care professions.
The authors' style is no-nonsense and to the point, yet compassionate, particularly when discussing the paradox of therapeutic change and the characteristics of personality types. They never loose sight of the humanity involved in our profession and the responsibility with which we are entrusted.
"The most important tool for distinguishing between projection and true perception is self knowledge." (Page 42).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Informative and well organized 1 mars 2011
Par A. Volzer - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is well written and organized. Unfortunately my professors at school have been lacking in demonstrating good boundaries and this book really helped me put that in perspective and what to do about it. It explains topics very well. A bit dense for someone new to the topic, so spread out the reading. Otherwise, highly recommended!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Essential, Unique Book ... 2nd Ed. is even better 7 mai 2013
Par Phil Trum - Publié sur Amazon.com
This outstanding book is a must-read for any therapist who works with the body and uses touch - students, recent grads, & experienced therapists alike (longer version below).

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 that's emotionally related. Furthermore, especially when working with a client for more than a session or two, a therapist becomes emotionally engaged, entering into relationship with that person, even if the relationship is delineated by professional distance or detachment and/or the practitioner does not focus on or intentionally work with psychological issues. Therapists, consequently, need to understand and be sensitive to the psychological dimensions of their work and know how to deal with them.

The Psychology of the Body is a clearly written, concise, and 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 address what is probably the most overlooked topic in massage and bodywork (and other professions) 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 book is exactly the sort of introduction and reference that students have 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.

I've got three particular appreciations to make for this book. I appreciate the authors' willingness to challenge the reader to examine his or her inner thoughts, feelings, and assumptions about the world and other people, pointing out that self knowledge is essential to the ability to understand others. The self directed personal exploration exercises the authors put in the book are probing, but the reward is clearer vision.

I appreciate the quality of the writing. The authors take very complex material and somehow manage to make it not only understandable for both the novice and advanced reader alike, but really interesting as well. When I got to a section where they discuss the interconnection of the mind and body and the underlying neuroscience that supports the concept, I couldn't put the book down until I finished.

I appreciate the generosity of the authors. They really made an effort to thoroughly cover every angle of their subject and ended up sharing an amazing amount of information, knowledge, and creativity with the reader. The sheer breadth of it is .... awesome.

If you'd like a breakdown of the topics covered in The Psychology of the Body, in addition to the Table of Contents you can find via the "Look Inside" feature, here's a list:
--- 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 physical 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, and ethics;
--- 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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Psychology of the Body 20 juillet 2012
Par Vanessarose - Publié sur Amazon.com
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this is an amazing book. It is a must for the intuitive healer. The book details in informative and interesting way the relationship between the body and emotions. The book helps to take your massage to a higher level.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Massage Therapist Must Have In Their Library 2 août 2013
Par Designer G - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Well. This should be 101 required text for all massage schools, along with their anatomy books.
It really will educate and sensitive bodyworkers on why people respond as they might to touch, explains just enough about mental health with its definitions, helps teach how to create boundaries where-when needed. If you are a massage therapist, would you know how to deal with someone with a mental illness? a rape victim? someone assaulted? whatever might be in a person's history could be activated by touch - and perhaps it is a sign that whatever is ready to come out is - however, what is our work and what are the boundaries of the work we do and offer? we need to know how to deal with potential situations that might come up which we might not even think about until we are presented with it - this book will help you deal with situations with the three "C's" - communication, compassion and confidence when setting our boundaries. I feel it is a great educational tool even if a person is not in the helping profession as a bodyworker.
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