Anatomy of the Moving Body

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Anatomy of the Moving Body

A Basic Course in Bones, Muscles, and Joints

By Theodore Dimon, Jr.; John Qualter (Illustrator)

North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556437205, 259pp.

Publication Date: May 27, 2008


Learning anatomy requires more than pictures and labels; it requires a way "into" the subject, a means of making sense of what is being shown. Anatomy of the Moving Body addresses that need with a simple yet complete study of the body's complex system of bones, muscles, and joints and how they function. Beautifully illustrated with more than 100 3D images, the book contains 31 lectures that guide readers through this challenging interior landscape. Each part of the body is explained in brief, manageable sections, with components described singly or in small groups. The author doesn’t just name the muscles and bones but explains the terminology in lay language. Topics include the etymology of anatomical terms; origins and attachments of muscles and their related actions; discussion of major functional systems such as the pelvis, ankle, shoulder girdle, and hand; major landmarks and human topography; and structures relating to breathing and vocalization. This second edition features all-new illustrations that use a 3D digital model of the human anatomical form. The book's thoroughness, visual interest, and clear style make it ideal for students and teachers of the Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques as well as for practitioners of yoga, Pilates, martial arts, and dance.

About the Author
Ted Dimon is director of the Dimon Institute, a center for the study of movement and performance. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from Harvard University and has taught and trained teachers in the Alexander Technique for 25 years. He lives in New York City.

Praise For Anatomy of the Moving Body

“More than just clear, concise, and accurate, Dimon’s Anatomy of the Moving Body also wonderfully expresses the joy of musculoskeletal anatomic understanding—its marvelous vocabulary and endlessly fascinating relations of structure and function.”—John H. M. Austin, MD, Professor of Radiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University“Anatomy of the Moving Body is a superb work for students and teachers. Ted Dimon’s work is straightforwardly written, beautifully illustrated, and put forth with a sensibility of one who understands not simply how we are organized, but how our structure is able to move with grace and beauty. The conversational tone makes the book accessible and the information is conveyed with a sense not only of where things lie, but how they can operate most harmoniously. This book is an important contribution to our understanding of anatomy and an essential part of the training of those of us who are interested in the human form in balance, health, and motion.”—Anne Bluethenthal, Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer