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Born to Walk: Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement par [Earls, James]
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The ability to walk upright on two legs is one of the major traits that define us as humans; yet, scientists still aren't sure why we evolved to walk as we do. In Born to Walk, author James Earls explores the mystery of our evolution by describing in depth the mechanisms that allow us to be efficient in bipedal gait. Viewing the whole body as an interconnected unit, Earls explains how we can regain a flowing efficiency within our gait--an efficiency which, he argues, is part of our natural design.

This book is designed for movement therapy practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and any bodyworker wishing to help clients by incorporating an understanding of gait and its mechanics. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in evolution and movement.

Drawing on recent research from paleoanthropology, sports science, and anatomy, Earls proposes a complete model of how the whole body cooperates in this three dimensional action. His work is based on Thomas Myers's Anatomy Trains model of human anatomy, a holistic view of the human body that emphasizes fascial and myofascial connections.

Earls distills the complex action of walking into a simple sequence of "essential events" or actions that are necessary to engage the myofascia and utilize its full potential in the form of elastic energy. He explains the "stretch-shortening cycle"--the mechanism that is the basis for many normal human activities--and discusses how humans take advantage of isometric contractions, viscoelastic response, and elastic recoil to minimize calorie usage. This streamlined efficiency is what enabled our first ancestors to begin to migrate not only seasonally but also permanently to new lands, thereby expanding the natural resources available to us as a species.

Biographie de l'auteur

James Earls is a writer, lecturer and bodyworker specialising in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. Throughout his career James has travelled widely to learn from the best educators in his field, including Thomas Myers, developer of the Anatomy Trains concept. James and Tom founded Kinesis UK, which co-ordinates Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration training throughout Europe, and together they authored Fascial Release for Structural Balance, published by Lotus Publishing and North Atlantic Books, the definitive guide to the assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns.

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  • Editeur : North Atlantic Books; Édition : 1 (16 septembre 2014)
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Amazon.com: 4.3 étoiles sur 5 26 commentaires
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Look at Human Gait 28 octobre 2014
Par Daphine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The average person may not give much thought to how they walk or what exactly makes walking possible. But if you are a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a chiropractor, an osteopath, or any type of holistic practitioner, you know that everything in the body is connected, including gait.

Author James Earls has created an analysis of the human gait that is investigative and multi-dimensional in "Born to Walk." He presents a clear vision of what happens when a person's whole body walks, with all bones, joints, and tissues working together. But why do humans walk the way they do? What led to the unique human gait? Earls addresses these questions in a way that is easy to understand for those new to the concepts, but not so basic that those in movement-based fields won't find a lot of great information to incorporate into their practices.

Admittedly, there are many schools of thought to body mechanics, and there were a few things that conflict with my training, which started years ago when I find came across Human Movement Potential: Its Ideokinetic Facilitation. I was particularly surprised not to read any mention of "Muscular Chains", which was developed by one of our key anatomists, Francoise Mézières in 1947. Earls doesn't know how much he is missing!

A particularly interesting section is the analysis of Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man", the iconic image of man's anatomy. Connecting the mechanics of the body to key points in history is one of the things that makes Born to Walk an engaging and educational read. You won't find any boring prose here.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye Opening 27 novembre 2014
Par Samuel Wuest - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Eye opening book. Takes Myers' Anatomy Trains and shows us how amazing a process walking is, and how we can become more efficient. As a track and field coach I was also easily able to apply some of what I learned about fascia and movement to my coaching.
14 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 I like the concept behind this book, but ... 31 mars 2015
Par Brent Russell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is very attractive - wonderfully laid out and with excellent illustrations - but it has serious content problems. Should you buy it and read it? That depends on who you are and what you'd get from it. If you're interested in tensegrity and the mechanics of fascia, and you're a health professional or lay person with no academic background in gait, then go for it. If you do have a background in biomechanics and gait, as I do, you may find this book as maddening as I do. This book needed peer reviewer. It's loaded with errors ("lateral" should have said "medial"), confusing or misleading statements (a sentence that say something different or contradictory from what the paragraph seemed headed toward), and sometimes just outright wrong. Which is this? "One of the hallmarks of efficient walking is the absence of active muscular contraction..." (I would think the absence of muscular contraction would be the hallmark of efficiently just lying there on the floor.) Still, Earls has some good ideas in between the parts that make me want to throw the book across the room. Maybe a second edition could evolve into something better.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 He brings a easily understood clarity to the badly misunderstood theories of how ... 18 novembre 2014
Par Bill Boland - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Well researched and well written. It's a difficult subject but one that James Earls tackles with enthusiasm. He brings a easily understood clarity to the badly misunderstood theories of how we walk. Yes, we were born to walk, but that often gets lost in the explanation. Here, it doesn't.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good basic information 19 juin 2015
Par Kumarido - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Some reviewers said this book was too basic. Well not for me because I am a yoga teacher not a physical therapist. I read this book slowly and carefully. I learned much important information about alignment and posture. If you are not familiar with the names of muscles/bones and where they are located this can be a challenging read. I was certainly **better** acquainted with their names by the time I was done.

It IS basic, perhaps if you are training to be a physical therapist, too basic. BUT if you are struggling in class, maybe you, like me, would find this information right at your level. I recommend this book to yoga teachers who would like to learn more about anatomy trains.
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