Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery-3rd Edition
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In Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Third Edition, Franklin—an internationally renowned teacher, dancer, and choreographer who has been sharing his imagery techniques for more than 35 years—teaches the use of imagery to increase self-awareness, improve body image, and apply anatomical and biomechanical principles for more efficient movement.
This expanded new edition includes
- more than 600 anatomical imagery exercises to improve posture and body alignment, release excess tension, and prevent injuries;
- over 500 full-color illustrations to help readers visualize the exercises and use them in various contexts;
- four audio files containing guided imagery exercises led by Franklin and set to music; and
- updated chapters throughout the book, including new material and exercises to address fasciae and connective tissue.
This book will help readers do just that as they discover their natural flexibility and increase their power to move. Franklin expertly guides readers through foundational concepts of posture, dynamic alignment, and imagery; explores different types of imagery and guidelines for using them; and delves into biomechanical and anatomical principles, including the body’s center and gravity, the laws of motion and force systems, and joint and muscle function. He then provides exercises for anatomical imagery, covering every area of the body from head to toe. The book closes with two critical chapters on defining dynamic alignment and on integrating dynamic alignment exercises into workouts and programs.
Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Third Edition, will help readers experience the biomechanical and anatomical principles that are crucial to athletes, dancers, other performing artists, and yoga and Pilates practitioners. The techniques and exercises presented in the book will guide readers in improving their posture—and will positively affect their thoughts and attitudes about themselves and others and help them feel better, both mentally and physically.
Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately or as part of a package that includes both the book and exam.
AudienceResource for instructors of dance, yoga, and Pilates; bodywork professionals; athletic trainers; physical therapists; and athletes. Text for introductory dance and movement classes and a reference for upper-level dance students, dance educators, and somatic education instructors.
Reinforcing What You Want
Purpose and Will
Using Imagery for Alignment
Using the Audio Files
Part I. Posture and Dynamic Alignment
Chapter 1. Roots of Imagery for Alignment
A Brief Look at Imagery Throughout History
Alignment in History and Art
Imagery and Ideas of Ideal Posture
Chapter 2. Postural Models and Dynamic Alignment
Chapter 3. Foundations of Mental Imagery
Brain, Consciousness, and Imagery
The World in the Brain: Neuroplasticity and Imagery
Developing Mind: The Role of Imagery
Chapter 4. The Art of Change Through Imagery
Four Steps in the Art of Change
A Closer Look at the Four Steps for Change
Chapter 5. Imagery’s Five Ws: What, Who, When, Where, and Why
Chapter 6. General Guidelines for How to Use Imagery
Factors That Influence Successful Imagery
Modulating and Adapting Images and Metaphors
Sequencing the Imagery
Problems and Opportunities When Cuing Imagery
Resting Positions for Imagery Practice
Part II. Biomechanical and Anatomical Principles and Exercises
Chapter 7. Befriending Gravity and Finding Your Center
Anatomical Terminology for Location and Direction
Chapter 8. Laws of Motion and Force Systems
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Ability of Materials to Resist Force
Chapter 9. Joint, Bone, Muscle, and Fascia
Connective Tissue and Fascia
Part III. Exercises for Anatomical Imagery
Chapter 10. Pelvis, Hip Joint, and Company
Balancing the Pelvis
Motion of the Pelvic Halves
Counterrotation and Three-Dimensional Alignment
Hip Joint and Femur
Iliopsoas and Piriformis
The Fascia of the Thigh and Leg
Chapter 11. Knee, Lower Leg, and Foot
Get to Know Your Knee
Fascia of the Lower Limb
Tibia, Fibula, and Ankle
Interaction of Fasciae, Muscles, and Ligaments of the Leg and Foot
Chapter 12. Spine and Body Wall
The Spine’s Curved Design
Sacrum and Pelvis
Musculature of the Abdomen and Back
Abdominal Muscles and the Concept of Core Stability
Chapter 13. Shoulders, Arms, and Hands
Suspension of the Shoulder Girdle
Wrist and Hand
Chapter 14. Head and Neck
Atlas and Axis
Fasciae of the Neck
Fasciae of the Head and Face
Hyoid and Tongue
Nose and Mouth
Chapter 15. Rib Cage, Breath, and Organs
Support and Breathing for Abdominal Organs
Skin as an Organ
Part IV. Returning to Holistic Alignment
Chapter 16. Definitions of Dynamic Alignment
Defining Ideal Alignment
Dynamic Versus Static Alignment
Dynamic and Static Stability
Pulling Up and Ideal Alignment
Chapter 17. Integrating Dynamic Alignment Exercises
Alignment in Supine Positions
Alignment in Sitting Positions
Standing and Walking Alignment
Releasing Excess Tension
Continuing Imagery Exercises
—Tom McCook, Fitness Instructor, Founder and Director, Center of Balance
"In Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Eric Franklin offers an easy-to-read, practical, and educational resource, which I wholly recommend."
—Dr. Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, President, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
"Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery is a must-have resource. Eric Franklin creates a truly powerful tool for improving movement and function."
—Marie-Jose Blom, PMA Gold-Certified Master Pilates Teacher, Founder and Owner, Long Beach Dance Conditioning, Founder and Owner, Angel City Body Kinetics, Founder and Partner, SmartSpine Works
“The Franklin Method has had a profound influence on my personal and professional life. Eric Franklin’s evolution of imagery and its application contain the knowledge and power to create a quantum leap in our understanding of human movement and our own potential.“
—Jan Dunn, M.S., Past President, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
Imagery Exercises for the Arches of the Feet
Imagery Exercises for the Rib Cage in Breathing
Listen to Dynamic Alignment Listen to Focusing on Space Listen to Pacticing Sensory Imagery Listen to The inner flashlight mp3