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Movement Integration

The Systemic Approach to Human Movement

Martin Lundgren, Linus Johansson


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A paradigm-shifting, integrative approach to understanding body movement.

The ability to move with efficiency and agility has been an essential component to our evolution and survival as a species. It has enabled us to find food, fight threats, flee danger, and flourish both individually and collectively. Our body's intricate network of bones, muscles, tissues, and organs moves with great complexity. While traditional anatomy has relied on a reductionist frame for understanding these mechanisms in isolation, the contributors to Movement Integration take a more systemic, integrative approach. Ensomatosy is a new paradigm for comprehending movement from the perspective of the body's entirety. The body's many systems are understood as synchronized both internally and externally. Drawing on expertise in physiotherapy, somatics, sports science, Rolfing, myofascial therapy, craniosacral therapy, Pilates, and yoga, the authors assert that a more comprehensive understanding of movement is key to restoring the body's natural ability to move fluidly and painlessly. With over 150 images, the Color Illustration Model of Relative Movement provides a visual tool for understanding how joints interact with surrounding structures (rather than in isolation). This is an ideal book for physiotherapists, massage therapists, structural integrators, coaches, as well as yoga and Pilates instructors.

North Atlantic Books, 9781623174651, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2020

About the Author

Linus Johansson is a physiotherapist who specializes in holistic approaches to the human form through physical therapy and movement integration. He works with clients regularly to improve performance and address pain related problems, and is also one of the creators behind the SOMA MOVE concept.

Martin Lundgren is a Board Certified Structural Integrator and Movement Practitioner. With roots in Structural Integration and Anatomy in Motion, he has been developing new treatment systems and methods in recent years. Through his work with treatments and movement, he develops people's kinesthetic ability, performance, and well-being.