Anatomy of Movement
Emphasis is on basic human anatomy as it relates to external body movement which mainly concerns bones, muscles, and joints…will be particularly useful to those who deal with integrated or complex movements of the body.
About the Author(s)
Blandine Calais-Germain’s lifelong involvement with dance, both as performer and teacher, eventually led to an interest in other physical disciplines, and then to more formal study of the complex and integrated movements of the body.
From 1977 to 1980 the author studied physiotherapy at the French School of Orthopedics and Massage in Paris. In physiotherapy, body movements are analyzed both in terms of their neurophysiological and mechanical aspects, which allows for a better understanding of the actual mechanisms of movement.
From her work with dance and physiotherapy, the author developed an innovative method for teaching the physical structures of anatomy in relation to movement. This method, the subject of her companion volumes Anatomy of Movement and Anatomy of Movement: Exercises, has been enthusiastically received in workshops that she presented for many years in France. Her two books have been translated and published throughout the world in many languages.
Easy to understand and very helpful, March 14, 2000
As a student of yoga and dance, I’ve been looking for an anatomy book to help me understand what’s involved in movement. Unfortunately, most of the books I found were encyclopedic reference tomes that overwhelmed me with information. So I was delighted to run across this one: because its specific focus is movement, the drawings and descriptions cover only the relevant anatomical details. It’s easy to understand and clear without being simplistic. The organization of the book makes it easy to find the information you want. And it doesn’t just show joints and muscles; other relevant body parts are illustrated so the reader comprehends how everything works together (I never understood what the diaphragm really looks like until I saw this book!). This is a book that belongs in everyone’s library — it’s not just for dancers or bodyworkers.