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The Anatomy Trains by Thomas W. Myers
The Anatomy Trains

floatingbones, January 28, 2009

Great book, but the 2nd edition is now out. Buy that instead.
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Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists [With Dvdrom]
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists [With Dvdrom]

floatingbones, January 28, 2009

Anatomy Trains Rocks! This book is essential reading for body/mind professionals: Pilates, Yoga, massage therapists, PTs, etc. It's also a superb book for anyone who wants to be literate on the structure of the human body. Like many, I found that Tom's mapping of lines of tension in our muscles and ligaments makes huge intuitive sense. Anatomy drawings always seemed a bit chaotic; this method of organizing the structural muscles just clicks.

The first chapter gives a bunch of background: information about tensegrity and the fascial web. Fascia is poorly-understood by many in the industry and virtually everyone outside. Our structural network is our third pervasive/fractal network (next to our nervous and circulatory system). Understanding the basics of that can fundamentally alter your picture of our structure. Myers puts this under the fascinating umbrella of the invented term "spatial medicine".

The rest of the book maps out the various lines of tension. There's specific information for body/mind workers here, but most of it makes perfect sense to the lay person.

The book includes a DVD with a large number of videos, etc. Tensegrity is a difficult concept; it's really useful to see it from many different angles. The only thing that's missing is a tensegrity kit (although there are instructions on how to make one).

This is a renaissance book. Highly recommended.
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