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Mindful Movement (PB)
The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action
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Price £30, $40
ISBN 9781783208432
Paperback 370 pages
170 x 230mm
Published May 2017
Imprint: Intellect
Books by Martha Eddy
Books in Performing Arts
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In Mindful Movement, exercise physiologist, somatic therapist, dance educator and advocate Martha Eddy uses original interviews, case studies and practice-led research to define the origins of a new holistic field – somatic movement education and therapy­ – and its impact on fitness, ecology, politics, health, education and performance. The book reveals the role dance has played in informing and inspiring the historical and cultural narrative of somatic arts – approaches to consciousness based in the awareness of the soma, the living body. Providing an overview of the antecedents and recent advances in somatic study and with contributions by diverse experts, Eddy highlights the role of Asian movement, the European physical culture movement as well as the language of neuroscience and their relationship to the performing arts, and female perspectives in developing somatic movement, somatic dance, social somatics, somatic fitness, somatic dance and spirituality, and ecosomatics. Mindful Movement unpacks and helps to popularize awareness of both the body and the mind. 

Chapter titles
Part 1: Influences and Development of Somatic Education
Chapter 1
Introduction and Overview — The What and Why of Somatic Education
Chapter 2
The First Generation — Founders of Somatic Education Technique
Chapter 3
Second Generation — Set One: The Influence of Dance on 37 Somatic Education
Chapter 4 - Kelly Jean Mullan
European Antecedents to Somatic Movement
Chapter 5 - Sangeet Duchane
Global Roots of Somatic Movement: Asian and African Influences
Part 2 - The Emergence of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy
Chapter 6
Second Generation — Set Two: Dynamic Approaches to Well-Being in Dance and Fitness
Chapter 7
Third Generation — The Amalgams: Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Today
Chapter 8 - Sara Reed and Sarah Whatley
The Universities and Somatic Inquiry: The Growth of Somatic Movement Dance Education in Britain
Chapter 9 - Rebecca Nettl-Fiol
How Dance Has Helped Situate Academic Fields of Somatic Inquiry: Case Study University of Illinois-Urbana
Chapter 10 - Kate Tarlow Morgan, Eve Selver-Kassell, Lauren Lipman and Mary Ann Brehm
Somatic Movement and Dance Education in pre-K-12 Education
Part 3 - Current Trends in Somatic Thinking and Being
Chapter 11
Healthy Movement, Healthy Mind: Neuroscience Connections to Somatic Healing and Action
Chapter 12
Conscious Action and Social Change: “Social Somatics”
Chapter 13
Somatic Dance and Environmental Activism: Is this Spirituality?
Chapter 14
Concluding Thoughts: Does Somatic Awareness Interplay with Genetics, Ecstasy and Space?
'“Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action” is Martha Eddy's masterfully researched book that traces the complex spider web of somatic influences on American - and European -contemporary dance, particularly in higher education. This is a dense (as in nutrient-rich) read - the bibliography alone is worth the price of the book, with many valuable citations to keep any researcher busy for quite some time. I can easily imagine this volume being required reading in university dance departments worldwide.' – Jamie McHugh, Dance, Movements & Somatics

'Written for discerning professionals and students in the social sciences, performing and visual arts and humanities, readers will find plenty to anchor their understanding of the field of Somatics by delving into the book from any point. The scholarship reflects decades of Eddy’s passion to bring together an octopus of a field, whose diversity appears to defy categorization. Yet, she has been able to achieve this in a captivating narrative. At the same time, her choice of title for the book, Mindful Movement, implies that dualism still requires a continuing commitment to disciplined movement practice, one that evolves beyond multi-, inter- and even trans-disciplinarity, towards the truth of the soma.' – Glenna Batson, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices

'Together with eleven involved authors, Eddy offers the reader a rewarding and eloquently detailed anthology that honours the constantly growing ways of somatic learning in a wonderful manner. This book is of great relevance for those who are already familiar with the various ways of somatic learning and living, as well as for those who only start venturing into this area. The style of writing is dialogical and personal, inviting a wide readership into the book. Furthermore, the clear structure and richness of subchapters allows non-linear, comprehensive reading.' – Jenny Coogan, Feldenkrais

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