The general theory and practice of somatic education and body work with special reference to the inner workings of Functional Integration, Alexander Technique, Sensory Integration, Sensory Awareness, Dance Therapy and other somatic practices.
In this classic books on bodywork education, Thomas Hanna builds on the theories of Functional Integration, a method that applies gentle physical manipulation to fine–tune the nervous system and eliminate involuntary responses of tension, anxiety, and emotional pain. Through case histories, the author describes methods for improving bodily coordination, balance, and range of movement. With enhanced awareness, we gain a greater understanding of our internal states and our ability to affect them. He also surveys the pioneering work of Moshe Feldenkrais, who devised the system of Functional Integration, and many other somatic educators. Hanna's engaging account offers a profound understanding of the precise relationship between mind and body that can be applied in our day–to–day living.