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The Memory Palace of Bones: Exploring embodiment through the skeletal system (Paperback)

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The Memory Palace of Bones - exploring embodiment through the skeletal system is an unprecedented exploration of the anatomy of the bones of the body, and a unique set of reflections on the role each individual bone plays in our lives, looking at both its physical and energetic contributions. The book began as a proposal from Dr Rockwell who wanted to write a work focused on the bones of the body, in a manner similar to Lauterstein's earlier book Putting the Soul Back in the Body1, which focused on the major muscles of the body, looking at their role in our structure and movement, and more generally in our lives. In discussion together they decided to write the book as an exchange of "letters" on each bone, partly inspired by John Berger and John Christie's beautiful correspondence, I Send You This Cadmium Red.

There is no other book quite like this one. No-one else has explored the existential significance of each of the bones of our body. The field of mind-body medicine and healthcare is growing, yet there are few "enlightened" anatomy books. In The Memory Palace of Bones, the authors offer an inspiring, beautifully written book on this deeper layer of the body-mind. Those who read the book will enjoy a deeper insight into the essence of the core layer of their body and lives. The authors' intention has been to look at the skeletal system in a similar way to that in which the author Deane Juhan, in his book Job's Body, looks at the muscles and the nervous system. Written and presented in an imaginative and highly readable style the book describes the specific bones and, where appropriate, the joints as well. It combines the anatomical expertise of the authors with their appreciation for the beauty of the body and uniquely arises from two lifetimes involving extensive clinical expertise as well as valuing imagination as a source of wisdom and depth. Seeing and discussing bones as a wisdom source is a topic that until now has never been systematically covered. The Memory Palace of Bones - exploring embodiment through the skeletal system provides that source of wisdom in a highly readable format. It will be read and treasured by practitioners and students of massage therapy, bodywork, movement professionals, Zero Balancers, chiropractors, osteopaths, Rolfers, body-centered psychotherapists, students and teachers of yoga, performing artists and other health professionals as well as by laymen wanting a greater understanding of and connection to their bodies.


Lauterstein, D. Putting the soul back in the body: A manual of imaginative anatomy for massage therapists. 1985. Self-published by the author.

Health & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyFitness & dietMassageMedical & VeterinaryComplementary medicineChiropractic & osteopathyMedical & VeterinaryPre-clinical medicine: basic sciencesAnatomyMusic & DanceDance Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Publication Date: 28/11/2022 ISBN-13: 9781913426590  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Lauterstein is co-owner of The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and is the founder and teacher of Deep Massage: Lauterstein Method. He is a Zero Balancing faculty member and a member of the Zero Balancing Health Association and the Association for Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). He is the Presiding Chair of the Massage Therapy Advisory Board in Texas, under the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) David has been in private practice since 1977 doing deep massage, Structural Bodywork, then cranio-sacral work and Zero Balancing. He has taught at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy (1982-84), The Texas School of Massage Studies (1985-88) and at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School which he co-founded with John Conway in Austin, Texas (1989-present). He has been teaching workshops in Deep Massage (since 1983) and in Zero Balancing (since 1996) and gives workshops in the UK, Costa Rica and throughout the USA. Since the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to limit face to face workshops he has been teaching live on-line workshops on "Deep Massage for the Neck" and "Deep Massage for the Feet". He also runs online courses: "The Art of Massage: Ways of Touching" and "Intro to Deep Massage - the Lauterstein Method." David has had his writings published in both books and journals and in his monthly newsletter: Putting the Soul Back in the Body. He is the former editor of the Massage Therapy Journal and has had articles published there as well as in Kindred Spirit, Massage Magazine, Massage and Bodywork, Positive Health and other journals. He is the author of the books Putting the Soul Back in the Body: A Manual of Imaginative Anatomy for Massage Therapists, The Deep Massage Book: How to Combine Structure and Energy in Bodywork, and Life in the Bones: A Biography of Dr Fritz Smith and Zero Balancing, as well a recent on-line collection, The Art of Massage. He is also the composer of the CD, Roots and Branches, for massage and meditation. David is active on Facebook with large followings on both his "personal" and his "professional" page. He is internationally known as one of the foremost advocates for the integration of science and art in bodywork. Dr Jeff Rockwell DC initially studied Rolf Structural Integration before graduating as a chiropractor from Life Chiropractic College. In addition, Jeff holds a Master's degree in somatic psychology. He has been in private practice since 1979, specialising in the treatment of soft tissue dysfunction, as well as practicing cranial osteopathy, polarity therapy and Zero Balancing Neurodynamics, as well as his own Polyvagal Touch Therapy. He has published an extensive and successful series of DVDs for the chiropractic and osteopathic professions which are inspired by the work of the late Dr Robert Fulford, osteopath. Jeff was Professor of Biomechanics and Philosophy at Parker University, College of Chiropractic, in Dallas Texas from 1992 to 2002. He has taught over 400 seminars on myofascial therapy throughout the United States and Canada, as well as dozens of workshops on clinical applications of polyvagal theory and the autonomic nervous system. Jeff is on the post-graduate faculty of Life Chiropractic College West and Parker University, College of Chiropractic, as well as The Institute of Manual Neuroscience, of which he is the co-founder. Jeff is a member of numerous chiropractic associations, the Bay Area Osteopathic Study Group, and the Restorative Practices Alliance. Additionally, he writes for several chiropractic publications and has published five books of what he calls "somatic poetry."

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