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Engaging the Movement of Life: Exploring Health and Embodiment Through Osteopathy and Continuumby Bonnie Gintis
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There is no spiritual path without a physical body in which to have it, and there is no physical existence without spirit. In Engaging the Movement of Life, Bonnie Gintis offers an approach to health in body and spirit that encompasses movement, mindfulness, and breath as empowering practices to enrich all aspects of life. Based on an understanding of osteopathic and movement awareness principles, the book argues that movement is a manifestation of life and health. Rather than focus on eradicating disease, dysfunction, and inertia, a more productive path would be a paradigm shift to health through movement. An osteopathic physician and Continuum Movement teacher, Gintis asks readers to visualize the body as a self-regulating, self-healing unified field of function. Moving fluidly, she argues, allows us to vitalize our own fluid system, just as water is vitalized by its ability to flow freely. The book describes how breathing, refining attention and awareness, and pacing movement can expand the consciousness and open new possibilities for the practitioner. Equally useful for medical professionals, bodyworkers, spiritual seekers, and exercise enthusiasts, this guide offers a body-based philosophy of personal growth and strategies for applying it.
This anthology negotiates the influential, yet silent educational presence of spiritualties within the field of somatic movement dance education internationally. The expressive and integral nature of spiritual experience remains academically undefined and peripheral to our understanding of creative practice. Lack of theoretical rigor, as well as a lack of a substantive definitional and methodological competency, has resulted in spirituality being marginalized. To date, important questions about how diverse spiritualities shape professional practice in the somatic movement and dance arts remain unanswered. This cutting-edge collection fills that void, providing greater creative and discursive clarity.and#160;
Engaging the Movement of Life is an invitation to discover new ways to experience health and embodiment. Osteopathic physician and Continuum Movement teacher Bonnie Gintis offers an approach that encompasses fluid movement, open attention, and awareness of sensation and breath as empowering practices to enrich all aspects of life. She presents a philosophy in which the body is a portal to “something greater”—an opportunity to join a grand experiment in deepening consciousness and connectedness.
Moving fluidly increases our vitality, just as water in the natural world is vitalized by flowing freely. Chronicling a path that encompasses views of body, mind, and spirit as a self-healing intercommunicating whole, Engaging the Movement of Life is equally useful for medical professionals, bodyworkers, exercise enthusiasts, and spiritual seekers.
About the Author
Bonnie Gintis, DO, has been in private practice as an Osteopathic physician since 1986 and currently lives near Santa Cruz, California. She has taught Osteopathic principles and manipulative medicine worldwide for many organizations including the Cranial Academy, the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, the American Academy of Osteopathy, the European School of Osteopathy, the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and with James Jealous, DO. Dr. Gintis is Board Certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher who has taught in collaboration with Emilie Conrad since 1997.
Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum, lives in Los Angeles and teaches Continuum workshops around the world.
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