Job's Body

Job's Body

A Handbook for Bodywork

Book - 2003
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Possibly the most famous and widely used resource in therapeutic bodywork, this beautifully written, detailed and reader-friendly picture of how and why the body responds to touch is both scientifically reliable and inspiring. Furthering the presentation of recent research in biochemistry, cell biology and energy medicine in the Second Edition, this new and greatly expanded edition includes advances in neurophysiology and physics, reconfiguring knowledge of mind and body, from microgenesis to quantum consciousness. A rare book, required reading for national massage therapy certification, that also serves the general reader.
Publisher: Barrytown, NY : Barrytown/Station Hill, c2003.
Edition: 3rd ed.
ISBN: 9781581770995
Characteristics: xxxi, 450 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

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Oct 16, 2017

"Job's Body" has been considered indispensable by bodyworkers for the last two decades or more, with it's 3rd Ed. in 2003 (previously 1987, 1998).

For the practitioners who are also interested in some of the neurolobiology:
It covers, with a great deal of neurological function and anatomy detail, but fantastic on the context and concept discussion as well as the focus on where the bodyworker takes it from any summary of given knowledge.
I focus here mostly on the former because of interest in the "Fascia memory Project." Juhan explains some of otherwise could-be-confusing feedback loops of the somatosensory system, including the "Gamma Loop" (of gamma motor system) "in response to attitudes and emotions that have little or nothing to do with the actual task at hand," the "Golgi Reflex Arc," "Required Tension," "Resting Tension," refers to "tension values" as influenced if not managed by and/or "states of mind in the higher brain centers... attitudes and emotions ...tugging on our muscles just as effectively as are any external forces, setting the stage for our reflex responses." As regards the later, Juhan also notes the influence of "sensory engrams ...fed out to the muscles through various routes contained within the direct corticospinal path and the multineuronal path." The sensory motor pathways through the cortex-thalamic-cerebellar-brain stem [et al] engagement are also summarily and very efficiently outlined with many illustrations. The "tension values" are indicated (in context, if not by direct statement) as related to the temporary and/or permanent memory suppression function and memory re-integration, and the relationship between those two, as well as restoration of optimal tension in the connective tissues. Juhan provides a great body of work that I can only imagine is motivating much of the research towards proving these relationships -directly- including the cerebellar-thalamic-hippocampal mapping/ gating/ organizing processes for managing that memory suppression and re-integration -- to the degree that the efficacious approaches of *somatic psychology* would seem to be dependent upon.


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