le 1 janvier 2014
(Evaluation en anglais parce que le livre est en anglais).
This reference is popular in the bodywork (physiotherapy, massage, etc) communities but personally I have mixed feelings about it. In essence it provides a medical-textbook-style introduction to muscle, bone, nerve, etc, physiology aimed at bodywork students, interspersed with the authors' general reflections on how these properties may interact to produce bodily wellbeing or problems. As a basic physiology textbook for bodyworkers it is a valuable resource, albeit a little dated in places. The author has a long experience with wholistic bodywork (notably the Trager method) and his reflections are consistently thought-provoking but (in keeping with their wholistic viewpoint?) they rarely go beyond plausible generalities to produce actionable techniques. The main problem with the book is its complete failure to discuss the interaction of physiology with concrete bodywork techniques. There is simply no information here on how physiotherapy, massage, stretching, yoga/pilates, sports training, etc, should or should not be practised in the light of modern physiology. In fact, none of these basic techniques are even mentioned in the index. Hence, although its physiological summaries and its wholistic reflections make this an interesting read, it falls short of being a practically useful textbook on physiology for scientific bodywork students, let alone a "Handbook for Bodywork".
le 31 janvier 2010
In english mais conseillé dans ma formation de massage faite en Angleterre.
Deane Juhan est une référence dans le monde du bodywork et du massage, beaucoup de physiologie et d'anatomie mais une approche différente, et qui se la pète pas comme la médecine allopathique. Un chapitre sur le tissus du corps telle les fascias en temps que cristaux liquides, le rôle de la conscience en relation avec le corps. Pas pour le néophytes c sur! Pour des thérapeutes confirmes ou masseur cherchant a apprendre et augmenter ses connaissances du corps, de l'anatomie et de la physiologie en relation avec la conscience, l'esprit, enfin une approche holistique et non pas mecanistique.
I've just read through the book again, especially to look into the liquid crystal structure of the body again! amazing! what makes this book amazing is indeed this new approach of the body, the last chapters, especially the Mae Wan Ho, still relevant especially Chapter 3 and the explanation of collagen fibers and their possible role...because of their structure and genesis!.
so yes, indeed maybe not a classic physiology book, nor related to bodywork although it is in the psychological and philosophical point of view, with linking to physiology and the way we sense or experience feelings...the author explores all of that, and it's fascinating! i would need a small update probably in the view of all the progress that have been made in the last few decades, but Oschman books will probably update that.
anyway, i'm reading it every few years! and it's still inspiring and amazing!