FRANKLIN Eric (1996) Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery. Human Kinetics Publishers



"The use of imagery to improve human alignment and movement  has been practiced mostly by professionals. Now Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery brings theses important techniques to a wider audience."
Andre Bernard

Destined to become a classic text and reference, Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery  explains how you can use imaging techniques to improve posture and alignment and release excess tension.
Written for teachers, dancers, performance artists, and movements specialists at all levels, this book can be used as a general reference or as a guide for systematic study. The 196 illustrations help you visualize the images and exercises and show you how to use them in a variety of contexts. 


CONTENTS

FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION: HOW I CAME TO USE IMAGERY

Reinforcing What You Want X
Purpose and Will
Using Imagery for Alignment

PART 1: POSTURE AND DYNAMIC ALIGNMENT

CHAPTER 1: The Roots of Imagery for Alignment

Heinrich Kosnick and Mabel Todd
Lulu Sweigard and Ideokinesis
Barbara Clark
Joan Skinner
Somatic Disciplines

CHAPTER 2: POSTURAL MODELS AND DYNAMIC ALIGNMENT

What Our Posture Reveals
Postural Habits
In Search of Ideal Posture

CHAPTER 3: BODY-MIND INTERACTIONS

The Brain and Consciousness
The Nervous System
The Brain 
The Body's Navigators: The Senses
The Developing Mind: The Role of Imagery

CHAPTER 4: INDIVIDUAL PATTERNS OF HABITUAL MOVEMENTS

Wrong Habits That Feel Right
Changing With the Help of Imagery
Motivation and Change
The Body Image in Alignment

CHAPTER  5: IMAGERY CATEGORIZATION

Sensor Imagery
Direct and Indirect Imagery
Abstract and concrete Imagery

CHAPTER 6: GENERAL GUIDELINES BEFORE IMAGING

Concentration
Positions for Anatomical Imagery Work
Using Imagery When in Motion
Inhibition
Mental Practice Whit Imagery
Image Narrative, Image Bundles
Training Your Ability to Image
Imagery Checklist: Am I Ready to Image?

PART II: BIOMECHANICAL AND ANATOMICAL PRINCIPLES AND EXERCISES

CHAPTER 7: LOCATION AND DIRECTION IN THE BODY

The Central Axis
Body Geography
Joint Movements

CHAPTER 8: FORCE, GRAVITY, AND MASS

Force Vectors
Matter and Mass

CHAPTER 9: THE LAWS OF MOTION AND FORCE SYSTEMS

Newton's First Law of Motion: The Law of Inertia
Newton's Second Law of Motion: The Law of Acceleration
Newton's Third Law of Motion: The Law of Reaction
Force Systems
Lever Systems 
Energy Conservation
The Ability of Materials to Resist Force

CHAPTER 10: JOINT AND MUSCLE FUNCTION

Joints Types
Bones
Connective Tissue and Fascia
Muscle

PART III: ANATOMICAL IMAGERY EXERCISES

CHAPTER 11: THE PELVIS, HIP JOINT, AND COMPANY

 The Pelvic Arches
Pelvic Imbalances
The Pelvic Powerhouse
The Sitz Bones
The Hip Joint
The Iliopsoas

CHAPTER 12: THE KNEE AND LOWER LEG.

The Knee
The Tibia, Fibula, and Ankle
The Foot

CHAPTER 13: THE SPINE

The Functioning Spine
Pelvis and Spine
The Vertebrae
Intervertebral Disks
Intervertebral Joints and Ligaments
Rib Cage and Spine
The Sacrum
The Coccyx
Organ Support
Musculature of the Abdomen and Back

CHAPTER 14: THE SHOULDERS, ARMS,  AND HANDS

Suspension of the Shoulder Girdle
The Glenohumeral Joint
The Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The Elbow
The Wrist and Hand

CHAPTER 15: THE HEAD AND NECK

Atlas and Axis
The Skull
The Mandible
The Hyoid and Tongue
The Eyes
The Nose and Mouth

CHAPTER 16: BREATHING

The Lungs 
Effortless Breath
The Diaphragm
Inhalation
Exhalation
The Skin

PART IV: RETURNING TO HOLISTIC ALIGNMENT

CHAPTER 17: ALIGNMENT REVISITED 

The Biomechanics of Alignment
Processing Dynamic Alignment

CHAPTER 18: INTEGRATING DYNAMIC ALIGNMENT EXERCISES

Alignement in Supine Positions
Alignement in Sitting Positions
Standing and Walking Alignment
Releasing Excess Tension
Other Dancers and Your Alignment
Continuing Imaging

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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