Luxury Anatomy Book: Anatomy in Black
Reviews / 10th February 2016

Anatomy in Black, released 1 October 2015, is a sophisticated coffee table book for anatomy lovers and casual observers alike. It illustrates the beauty of human anatomy reflected in a contemporary hardback book, created entirely in black and gold. Traditional anatomical imagery is given a new lease of life through modern interpretation in this stylish publication. The book comprehensively leads the reader through the human body in seven chapters dedicated to each area of the human body; which include: head & neck, back, upper limb, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and lower limb. It covers the same level of detail and content with each illustration as a standard academic anatomy book. A thorough evaluation of each anatomical part is conveyed in double page spreads with summary text to put the area in context and explain some of the more complicated anatomical terminology and function for those encountering anatomy for the first time. This makes this book a perfect companion for those interested in anatomy, regardless of their previous knowledge of the subject matter. Anatomy in Black has a gold foil embossed black hardback cover, with black sprayed edges and a gold ribbon making it a beautiful object to adorn any anatomy enthusiasts…

The Massage Therapist’s Pocketbook of Pathology
Reviews / 9th March 2015

When you’re a massage therapist, the more information you have about a patient’s condition the better as you will be able to work with increased confidence and effectiveness. If you know the pathology behind an aliment, you can make a more informed decision on how best to treat the patient and this is where Su Fox’s new book The Massage Therapist’s Pocketbook of Pathology comes in. Written for massage therapists, the book features many common ailments including sciatica and arthritis and offers considerations for massage. This book is incredibly handy and will be invaluable for students and working practitioners. It’s definitely one to have on your bookshelf. Review by Massage World Magazine

Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement
Reviews / 9th March 2015

In the forward to Joanne Avison’s beautifully produced book, Thomas Myers, fascia ‘guru’ and proponent of kinaesthetic intelligence, sums up how fascial awareness and yoga can inform each other and lead to a deeper understanding of the body, mind and spirit.  This comprehensive and engaging guide will not only inform yoga teachers and practitioners, but also body workers in general (particularly in regards to recommending yoga as part of homecare advice), being as it is ‘an astounding tour of current thinking that blends the spiritual with the scientific, and the sacred with the intensely practical’ (Myers, vi). A growing knowledge of this sensory connective tissue’s many functions and importance has enhanced Avison’s yoga practice and teaching, in the realization that so many factors influence how fascia adapts to each individual’s lifestyle, posture, and their physical and emotional history; so no two people’s asanas / yoga postures look identical.  She explains the significance of polarity in yoga: pose and counter-pose, asanas and meditation, feminine and masculine: ‘We only ever know a thing by its opposite force, so polarity itself is the essence of our experience’ (p.13).  This polarity leads to the third state of coexistence and balance.  In a similar way,…

Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches
Reviews / 9th March 2015

Leon Chaitow has gathered contributions from twenty leading experts for this helpful guide to the latest research and therapy approaches to fascial dysfunction.  An authority on fascia, Chaitow begins with an outline of current definitions and explanations of this important, multi-purpose tissue, which over the past decade has been the topic of exciting scientific research.  At present, there is a variety of therapeutic approaches claiming to specifically deal with fascial dysfunction, which (as with soft tissues in general) is caused by a number of reasons such as overuse, postural issues, injury, etc.  Chaitow highlights the need for a rigorous understanding in order to provide truly effective treatments and rehabilitation advice.  Although there are still disagreements over fascia’s functions and how to manually treat it, experts agree on its inter-linking properties; namely from a cellular level to a structural and biomechanical level, it has connective, communicative and feedback influences on the function of the body as a whole. Thomas Myers’ chapter summarizes his interpretation of the body’s main fascial pathways, or Anatomy Trains, and how this can inform postural assessments and treatments that work towards addressing any imbalances and dysfunction.  Chaitow then outlines further modes of assessment and palpation, as well…

The Vital Glutes: Connecting the Gait Cycle to Pain and Dysfunction
Reviews / 9th March 2015

The Vital Glutes is written by author and respected bodywork specialist John Gibbons and looks at one of the most neglected areas of the body: the gluteal muscles.  The book takes you on a fascinating journey of enlightenment, teaching the reader to recognize pain and dysfunctional patterns that arise from the gluteal muscles.   Questions answered in the book include: Why are the glutes potentially causing pain and dysfunction to distant sites of the body?  How does the gait pattern contribute to pain and dysfunction?  And, how can the application of gluteal specific muscle energy techniques aid full body wellbeing?  In addition to tackling such questions, this book also offers the reader step-by-step tasks to identify and correct a number of dysfunctional patterns, and functional gluteal exercises in order to aid recovery. Author John Gibbons says, ‘In almost each and every one of the physical therapy courses I teach (even in the case of the Shoulder Joint Master Class), I am constantly being asked about the glutes and how they cause pain in a specific area.  I always discuss verbally how this phenomenon can happen and then go on to demonstrate practically the causes and effects; however, I have never…