Use these examples of Sensory Images to test your sensory preferences and skills
Imagine a waterfall in front of you. See the sunlight reflected in it, making it glitter like a fluid diamond; feel the pressure created by the water’s force; hear the high and low pitches of a crescendo; taste the water droplets on your lips; smell the pungent, enriched air.
Learn imagery exercises for the transverse tarsal joint
Imagine you are wringing a towel while keeping it in a straight line. Visualize the facet of the navicular spinning on the head of the talus. Notice that the medial aspect of the transverse tarsal joint is moving more than the lateral. After twisting one foot, compare the feel and balance of both feet in a standing position.
Imagine the erector spinae muscles. Lying deep to them are the transversospinalis muscles. Flex your spine and roll down slowly, focusing on the transversospinalis muscles. Roll up again, initiating from the transversospinalis.
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Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Second Edition, expands on the classic text and reference written by Eric Franklin, an internationally renowned teacher, dancer, and choreographer who has been sharing his imagery techniques for 25 years.
In this new edition, Franklin shows you how to use imagery, touch, and movement exercises to improve your coordination and alignment. These exercises will also help you relieve tension, enhance the health of your spine and back, and prevent back injury.
This expanded new edition includes
more than 600 imagery exercises along with nearly 500 illustrations to help you visualize the exercises and use them in various contexts;
audio files for dynamic imagery exercises set to music; and
updated chapters throughout the book, including new material on integrated dynamic alignment exercises and dynamic alignment and imagery.
This book will help you discover your natural flexibility and quickly increase your power to move. You’ll learn elements of body design. You’ll explore how to use imagery to improve your confidence, and you’ll discover imagery conditioning programs that will lead you toward better alignment, safer movement, increased fitness, and greater joy. Further, you’ll examine how to apply this understanding to your discipline or training to improve your performance.
Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Second Edition, will help you experience the biomechanical and anatomical principles that are crucial to dancers, other performing artists, yoga and Pilates teachers and practitioners, and athletes. The techniques and exercises presented in the book will guide you in improving your posture—and they will positively affect your thoughts and attitude about yourself and others and help you feel and move better both mentally and physically.
Introduction: How I Came to Use Imagery
Reinforcing What You Want
Purpose and Will
Using Imagery for Alignment
Part I: Posture and Dynamic Alignment Chapter 1: Roots of Imagery for Alignment
In Search of Ideal Posture
Chapter 2: Postural Models and Dynamic Alignment
What Your Posture Reveals
Rich Sources for Dynamic Alignment
Chapter 3: Foundations of Mental Imagery
Brain as the Basis for Imagery
Brain and Consciousness
Neuroplasticity and Imagery
Developing Mind: The Role of Imagery
Chapter 4: Change Through Imagery
Four Steps for Change
Body Image as Basic Feedback
Developmental Patterns and Mental Imagery
Wrong Habits That Feel Right
Retaining Your Progress
Motivation and Change
Chapter 5: Benefits and Types of Imagery
Benefits: What Imagery Can Do for You
Types of Imagery
Styles of Imagery Delivery
Self-Talk: The Internal Monologue
Chapter 6: General Guidelines Before Using Imagery
Factors That Influence Successful Imagery
Guidelines for Using Imagery
Training Your Ability to Use Imagery
Concentration and Attention
Stages of Learning
Positions for Anatomical Imagery Work
Using Imagery When in Motion
Image Narrative, Image Bundles, and Relational Imagery
Part II: Biomechanical and Anatomical Principles and Exercises Chapter 7: Finding Your Center and Befriending Gravity
Planes for Direction and Location
Matter and Mass
Chapter 8: Laws of Motion and Force Systems
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Ability of Materials to Resist Force
Chapter 9: Joint and Muscle Function
Connective Tissue and Fascia
Part III: Exercises for Anatomical Imagery Chapter 10: Pelvis, Hip Joint, and Company
Balancing the Pelvis
Motion of the Pelvic Halves
Counterrotation and Three-Dimensional Alignment
Hip Joint and Femur
Iliopsoas and Piriformis
Chapter 11: Knee, Lower Leg, and Foot
Tibia, Fibula, and Ankle
Chapter 12: Spine and Body Wall
Discs, Spine, and Psychology of Pain
Musculature of the Abdomen and Back
Abdominal Wall and Fascia
Abdominal Muscles and the Concept of Core Stability
Chapter 13: Shoulders, Arms, and Hands
Suspension of the Shoulder Girdle
Wrist and Hand
Chapter 14: Head and Neck
Atlas and Axis
Hyoid and Tongue
Nose and Mouth
Chapter 15: Rib Cage, Breath, and Organs
Support for Abdominal Organs
Skin as an Organ
Part IV: Returning to Holistic Alignment Chapter 16: Definitions of Dynamic Alignment
Defining Ideal Alignment
Dynamic Versus Static Alignment
Dynamic and Static Stability
Pulling Up and Ideal Alignment
Chapter 17: Integrating Dynamic Alignment Exercises
Alignment in Supine Positions
Alignment in Sitting Positions
Standing and Walking Alignment
Releasing Excess Tension
Continuing Imagery Exercises
About the Author
Text for introductory exercise, dance, and movement classes and reference for upper-level dance students, dance educators, and somatic education instructors. Resource for instructors of Pilates, yoga, bodyworks, and other groups interested in alignment and imagery. Also a resource for athletes.
Eric Franklin is director and founder of the Franklin Institute in Uster, Switzerland. He has more than 35 years' experience as a dancer and choreographer, and he has shared imagery techniques in his teaching since 1986.
Franklin has taught extensively throughout the United States and Europe at the Julliard School in New York, the Royal Ballet School in London, the Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, the Dance Academy of Rome, and the Institute for Psychomotor Therapy in Zurich; he was also a guest lecturer at the University of Vienna. He has provided training to Olympic and world-champion athletes and professional dance troupes such as Cirque du Soleil and the Forum de Dance in Monte Carlo. Franklin earned a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BS from the University of Zurich. He has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1991.
Franklin is coauthor of the bestselling book Breakdance, which received a New York City Public Library Prize in 1984, and author of 100 Ideen für Beweglichkeit and Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance (both books about imagery in dance and movement). He is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
Franklin lives near Zurich, Switzerland.
“The Franklin Method training as outlined in this book is the most intelligent approach to learning about the workings of the body that I have ever attended. It is not just information but the experience of our design as we learn that is transforming.”
Tom McCook-- Fitness Instructor, Founder and Director, Center of Balance
"In Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Eric Franklin offers an easy-to-read, practical, and educational resource, which I wholly recommend."
Dr. Emma Redding-- Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, President, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
"Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery is a must-have resource. Eric Franklin creates a truly powerful tool for improving movement and function."
Marie-Jose Blom-- PMA Gold-Certified Master Pilates Teacher, Founder and Owner, Long Beach Dance Conditioning, Founder and Owner, Angel City Body Kinetics, Founder and Partner, SmartSpine Works
“The Franklin Method has had a profound influence on my personal and professional life. Eric Franklin’s evolution of imagery and its application contain the knowledge and power to create a quantum leap in our understanding of human movement and our own potential.“
Jan Dunn M.S.-- Past President, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science