The Wild Region of Lived Experience

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-17
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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The Wild Region of Lived Experienceintroduces the emerging discipline of somatic-psychoeducation, a powerful body-mind modality developed over a period of 25 years by author Danis Bois. Somatic-psychoeducation uses aspects of manual therapy (touch), movement, and psychotherapeutic methods to help people heal from physical and emotional issues, as well as develop their maximum potential for balance, well-being, and creativity. Considering the person as a body-mind unit, this method aims to resolve physical pain and psychological suffering, thereby helping the subject regain the sure sense of his or her life. By teaching people to perceive, to feel, and to reflect, they learn from their bodies and from events in their lives. Parts I and II of the book provide a general description of somatic-psychoeducation, as seen through Bois's career path and personal experience. Part III introduces the idea of "bodymind tuning," which involves methods of touch, movement, introspection, and verbal dialogue to connect the patient more fully to his or her body, thoughts, and behavior. Part IV explores the origin and evolution of physical and psychological pain and explains how somatic-psychoeducation helps people heal. This is an ideal reference for movement educators and therapists, as well as those seeking a holistic approach to their own healing.

Author Biography

Danis Bois was trained as a physical therapist and osteopath. In 1983, he founded a school of fasciatherapy, a manual therapy inspired by his experience of osteopathy. He has taught in numerous schools worldwide. The author of several books and articles presenting his original approach to mindbody healing, he lives in France.

Table of Contents

Translator's Notep. xiii
Editor's Notep. xv
Forewordp. xvii
Forewordp. xxi
Introductionp. xxiii
Renewing the Selfp. 1
Potentiality and the Discovery of the Inner Movementp. 3
Potentiality, the Initial Perspectivep. 3
The Discovery of the Inner Movementp. 5
Potentiality and Inner Movementp. 8
The Renewed Self: An Acting Potentialityp. 9
The Unconscious in Somatic-Psychoeducationp. 13
The Unconscious Has a Historyp. 14
From the Unconscious to the Unperceivedp. 18
The Body Talksp. 31
Dialoguing with the Tissuesp. 33
First Analogies with Verbal Dialoguep. 34
Informative Directivenessp. 35
Gestural Languagep. 39
Kinesthetic Perception and Self-Awarenessp. 40
Reading the "Dance" of Movementp. 41
Body-Centered Verbal Dialoguep. 49
Words Arising from Sense-Experiencingp. 49
Three Levels of Introspectionp. 51
Establishing Verbal Empathyp. 52
Body-Mind Tuningp. 55
Body-Tuning Techniquesp. 57
Manual Tuningp. 58
Gestural Tuningp. 59
Introspective Tuningp. 60
Tuning through Verbal Dialoguep. 62
Reconstructing the Sense of Existencep. 66
The Tuning of Inner Skillsp. 69
Attentionp. 70
Perceptionp. 73
Thoughtp. 75
Memoryp. 80
Sense-Experiencingp. 82
Empathy and Actuating Reciprocityp. 84
Tonic Regulationp. 86
Perceptual-Cognitive Tuningp. 89
The Process of Transformationp. 89
Resistance to Accepting Contact with the Immanentp. 95
Perceptual-Cognitive Modifiabilityp. 99
Healing The Sensible Beingp. 103
Treating Somatizationsp. 105
Physical Pain and Psychological Sufferingp. 105
The Pain and Suffering Duop. 110
The Shock Resonance Pathwayp. 112
Reclaiming Our Sensible Beingp. 117
The Pathologies of Non-Beingp. 117
Disorders of the Individual Relationship to Inner Tonalityp. 129
Healing the Malaisep. 137
How Malaise Becomes Chronicp. 137
The Warning Signs of Malaisep. 140
Easy Assessment through Gestural Evaluationp. 146
Evaluating Chronic Malaise through Structured Dialoguep. 148
Conclusionp. 167
Bibliographyp. 171
Notesp. 179
About the Authorp. 186
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