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Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery 2nd Edition PDF

Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery 2nd Edition PDF

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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 posted online to the book’s product page; 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.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Posture and Dynamic Alignment

    Chapter 1: Roots of Imagery for Alignment

    In Search of Ideal Posture

    Somatic Disciplines


    Chapter 2: Postural Models and Dynamic Alignment

    What Your Posture Reveals

    Postural Habits

    Rich Sources for Dynamic Alignment


    Chapter 3: Foundations of Mental Imagery

    Brain as the Basis for Imagery

    Brain and Consciousness

    Nervous System

    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

    Central Axis

    Body Geography

    Joint Movements


    Matter and Mass


    Chapter 8: Laws of Motion and Force Systems

    Newton’s Laws of Motion

    Force Systems

    Lever Systems

    Energy Conservation

    Ability of Materials to Resist Force

    Dynamic Stability


    Chapter 9: Joint and Muscle Function

    Joint Types


    Connective Tissue and Fascia



    Part III: Exercises for Anatomical Imagery

    Chapter 10: Pelvis, Hip Joint, and Company

    Pelvic Arches

    Balancing the Pelvis

    Motion of the Pelvic Halves

    Counterrotation and Three-Dimensional Alignment

    Pelvic Powerhouse

    Hip Joint and Femur

    Iliopsoas and Piriformis


    Chapter 11: Knee, Lower Leg, and Foot


    Tibia, Fibula, and Ankle



    Chapter 12: Spine and Body Wall

    Functioning Spine



    Facet Joints

    Discs, Spine, and Psychology of Pain

    Spinal Ligaments

    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

    Glenohumeral Joint

    Scapulohumeral Rhythm


    Wrist and Hand


    Chapter 14: Head and Neck

    Atlas and Axis




    Hyoid and Tongue


    Nose and Mouth


    Chapter 15: Rib Cage, Breath, and Organs

    Rib Cage


    Support for Abdominal Organs

    Skin as an Organ


    Part IV: Returning to Holistic Alignment

    Chapter 16: Definitions of Dynamic Alignment

    Plumb Line

    Median 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

    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