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The emerging science of biotensegrity provides a fresh context for re-thinking our understanding of human movement, but its complexities can be formidable. Bodywork and movement professionals looking for an accessible and relevant guide to the concept and application of biotensegrity need look no further than Everything Moves: How biotensegrity informs human movement.
Susan Lowell de Solórzano developed her understanding of biotensegrity and its practical relevance to therapists over years of direct study with the concept’s originator, Stephen M. Levin, MD. In this beautiful book she makes biotensegrity accessible through experiential activities and exercises.
In order to work with our own bodies and the bodies of our students and clients and teams most effectively, we need to understand the nature of our human structure. Susan offers the enquiring bodyworker or movement professional, who wants to take their understanding of how to apply biotensegrity in their work to the next level, a practical and relatable guide to the biotensegral nature of our bodies, in which all of the parts are one, yet all are constantly changing.
Throughout Everything Moves, concepts and ideas are presented with activities and exercises to make them tangible, accessible and applicable. The material presented is suitable for coaches and movement teachers new to biotensegrity, as well as those with more advanced levels of understanding. Whether your focus is performance, sports, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, or dance, any arena in which bodies move can be informed by Everything Moves!
We were in a city far away from here. A vast number of scientists, artists, musicians, philosophers, poets, and other academics from every discipline had gathered to discuss what tensegrity meant to them. All had read your book. It soon became obvious that tensegrity principles so eloquently described in your book can help us better understand the nature of life, our bodies, our environment and the relations between them.
James L Oschman PhD
In this amazing book, the complex essentials of biotensegrity are explored with Incredible depth and breadth by Susan C Lowell de Solorzano with living words, pictures, experiential exercises — gentle artful invitations to let go of our old images of nuts and bolts and fulcrums and levers and play with toothpicks and marshmallows… This book is engagingly invitational… We are invited to create with our own hands this basic architectural structure that forms the living framework of all of life. Then we read the author’s clear explanations of the science that gives dynamic movement to this basic icosahedral mystery. Everything within and without this living scaffold moves continuously. On these pages, life comes alive with art, with pictures, with metaphor and illustrations. Soft tissue physics, the mystery of shapes, of spiral motion, the dynamics of the tension and compression from the inner workings of cells to the outer mystery of how dinosaurs were able to never drag their huge tails.
Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. What a multi-sensory pleasure in learning! Those of us who are hungry to truly understand what is actually happening in our bodies and in our patient’s bodies, are willing to do what is necessary to give up our old simplistic linear ways of thinking that the textbooks taught us. This book assists our understanding of this massive paradigm shift using the basic but effective teaching methods recommended by the great educator, John Dewey : Simple to complex, use as many senses as possible in the learning including striking visuals, movement exercises, illustrations explained in detail, metaphors. The reader is invited to experience the science of biotensegrity in ways that will never be simply read and superficially understood. I will be a better teacher and better clinician using what I am learning from this book. I can say with great pleasure that I now understand more about biotensegrity than I ever have, and I am hungry to keep learning more!
Carole M Davis DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA