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"Keleman's approach to somatic therapy follows on naturally from the identity of attitude and form. Accordingly, our emotions and thoughts are intimately connected to our muscular gestures. Our postures and form, our mobility and motility recount our emotional and cognitive history. We therefore organise our own emotional and mental realities. And here is the nub of it; if ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published May 31st 1989 by Center Press, U.S.
(first published 1985)
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Finished reading this for the second time, after having the opportunity to take a four-day workshop with the author. A very sophisticated tour de force, Emotional Anatomy offers a unique and comprehensive view of the nature and operation of the embodied human experience. His descriptions evoke experiences which are familiar to anyone, yet the language employed invites deep reflection. As a fledgling therapist (with a background in Chinese Medicine), I have been fascinated by this work since I ...more
This book was disappointing. I had expected a bit more, a bit more into emotions and how they impact our anatomy. It kept talking about the tubes and layers, and many times I was really sure what it was talking about. The overall content was good, but it felt lacking. Maybe the whole book is just beyond me.
“Frozen or weak structures have problems feeling inner motility or support; their loss of bone integrity leads to feelings of inner fragmentation. Parents who do not hold their children or give enough early containment may force them to rigidify their muscles in order to gain a sense of support. If, as adults, these people try to relax their muscular contractions they will experience anxiety because they lack feelings of inner support from their bones and joints.”More quotes…