Engaging the Movement of Life: Exploring Health and Embodiment Through Osteopathy and Continuum (Paperback)
Engaging the Movement of Life is an invitation to discover new ways to experience health and embodiment. Osteopathic physician and Continuum Movement teacher Bonnie Gintis offers an approach that encompasses fluid movement, open attention, and awareness of sensation and breath as empowering practices to enrich all aspects of life. She presents a philosophy in which the body is a portal to “something greater”—an opportunity to join a grand experiment in deepening consciousness and connectedness.
Moving fluidly increases our vitality, just as water in the natural world is vitalized by flowing freely. Chronicling a path that encompasses views of body, mind, and spirit as a self-healing intercommunicating whole, Engaging the Movement of Life is equally useful for medical professionals, bodyworkers, exercise enthusiasts, and spiritual seekers.
About the Author
Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum, was born and raised in New York City where she studied ballet and Afro-Haitian dance. After moving to Los Angeles in 1963, she began teaching at the Actors Studio, where her novel approach to movement helped performing artists and led to her choreographing and directing numerous plays and performance works. In 1974, Conrad pioneered a protocol for spinal cord injury, and from 1974 to 1979 she was Movement Specialist in a research study conducted by Dr. Valerie Hunt at UCLA. This groundbreaking study demonstrated that fluid, primary movement is essential in our ability to innovate. Enhancing these fundamental movements has a potential to create a rich intrinsic environment that brings forth new insights in our understanding of the human body and its potential to create alternate systems.
Considered a visionary in movement education, Conrad's inspiring work has been incorporated by an international audience of professionals from fields such as Rolfing, Zero balancing, Hellerwork, Craniosacral therapy, Osteopathy, physical therapy, dance, Psychoneuroimmunology, and physical fitness. She teaches Continuum workshops around the world.
Praise for Engaging the Movement of Life
“Engaging the Movement of Life offers a revolution of thought and purpose in the exploration of embodied health. Our fragmented understanding of the human body dissolves in Bonnie Gintis’s much broader view of our biological intelligence. This book could not be more timely in providing us with a guide for health in the twenty-first century.”
—Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum and author of Life on Land
“With accessible, evocative writing Bonnie Gintis interweaves the potent discoveries of Continuum and Osteopathy to reveal complex truths about the nature of life, health, the fluid dynamics of creation, and especially how we can creatively participate with them. Full of insights and practices, Engaging the Movement of Life is a radiantly clear and sensuous call to deepen our embodiment, daring us to inquire with innovative attention as we engage life.”
—Susan Harper, international teacher of Continuum Movement and creator of Em’oceans and Sensations Trainings
“Bonnie Gintis straddles the seemingly different worlds of intuitive body truths and information from the scientific point of view. She provides tools and suggests ways of looking, feeling, knowing, and thinking that are the currency of those of us involved in the world of the body. Gintis’s message that everything is interdependent and mutable is a ray of both hope and clarity. With Continuum as the medium, she gives us both the permission and the keys to begin a lifelong journey of independent exploration of our bodies.”
—David Brown, founder of BodyRecoding, a Pilates/Gyrotonic studio
In Engaging the Movement of Life, Bonnie Gintis offers Osteopaths a special opportunity to experience Osteopathic principles at work within ourselves rather than just within others. This is a rare guide toward our own personal development, from within.”
—Nicholas Handoll, DO, MSCC, author of Anatomy of Potency