The Thompson Method of Bodywork


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By Cathy Thompson & Tara Thompson Lewis
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781620556641

Developed by Cathy Thompson through her many years as a bodywork therapist, the Thompson Method incorporates Zen shiatsu, Rolfing, yoga, and Gestalt psychotherapy to heal pain in the physical body both through bodywork and by recognizing the emotional blockages that often underlie chronic pain, tension, and poor alignment. In this practical manual, Thompson and her protege-daughter, Tara Thompson Lewis, provide a deep understanding of body mechanics and how to work with emotions through the body. They explore how to listen to the body’s signals to discover our physical and emotional blindspots–the weaknesses and misalignments at the root of our discomfort–and explain how transformation of our physical structure can correct imbalances in the unconscious mind caused by repressed memories and emotional traumas.

Offering illustrated instructions for 90 corrective alignment exercises, the authors show how to release body tensions, realign the body’s dynamic structure, work with the deep postural muscles, and support the neck, shoulders, lower back, and feet to strengthen the emotional and physical body as well as improve singing, dancing, yoga and posture while sitting at the computer. They also explore breathing and bodywork practices to release the vocal mechanism and free the voice for more fluid and powerful self-expression.

By recognizing and releasing the deeper emotional triggers beneath our physical complaints, the Thompson Method allows you to resolve chronic pains increase body awareness and free movement, and create the foundation for good health and well-being.

Praise for The Thompson Method of Bodywork

“Cathy Thompson turns bodywork into art.”

-Darren Aronofsky, director of Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, and Noah

“…presents mountains of useful information (much of it drawn from Zen Shiatsu) and offers a banquet of exercises for healing the kyo/jitsu relationship within ourselves, whether the triggers happen to be physical injury, structural misalignment, or psychological, spiritual, or emotional pain.”

-Kathleen Porter, author of Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living and Healthy Posture for Babies and Children

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Weight 2.00 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8 × 1 in


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