Thomas Hanna's groundbreaking book in which he first introduces the term "somatic" as it is used in the modern era in all the various fields of human potential, including healthcare, bodywork, movement arts, and body-centered psychotherapy.
Not many people realize that the field of Somatics came from this book, and was established by Hanna in part from this book. Hanna first described the "soma" as the human being as a process of "embodied awareness", that could not be meaningful reduced (nor effectively understood, treated, or educated by reducing) to simply biological processes or even simply a mind and a body. In a survey of the scientific and philosophic thinkers and perspectives (ranging from Darwin to Piaget to Kierkegaard) that explored this concept, Bodies in Revolt: A Primer in Somatic Thinking lays the foundation for all somatic fields, as well as Hanna's view for the future of human potential.
Bodies in Revolt: A Primer in Somatic Thinking is the extraordinary book that has taught us to think “somatically” about ourselves and has created special significance for the words “soma” and “somatic”. Here is a provocative, broad ranging survey of the philosophical and scientific currents which have converged to form a new understanding of the human being as an embodied awareness. A Primer in Somatic Thinking is a pioneering work that has given a name, an impetus, and a rationale to the body-mind movement whose tradition is coming to permeate much of contemporary life.