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Ageless Spine, Lasting Health presents information about natural skeletal alignment that may be the most overlooked factor affecting long-term health, genuine fitness and aging. Included are simple guidelines for how to return our bones to an aligned relationship that provides for far greater ease of movement, fewer aches and pains and a process of aging that is more easefull.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher Synergy Books
ISBN 1933538406 ISBN13 9781933538402
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More About Kathleen Porter
Kathleen Porter is the director of the Center for Natural Alignment in Portland, Oregon. She offers programs for people with posture-related pain and for children and teachers in classrooms. She has taught principles of natural alignment at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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A valuable work, the title says it all Jul 19, 2008
This eminently accessible book contains a wealth of information on a subject about which there are tremendous misconceptions, foremost of which, in our culture, may be the idea that being strong and fit and healthy requires a large output of muscular force (pain=gain). Porter proposes that in fact all that's necessary to achieve these things is correct alignment of the bones and joints. She's not by any means the first to teach this principle--Alexander and Feldenkreis and a multitude of others, including the best t'ai chi teachers, have taught and written about over the last few decades--but in Western society most of us are either ignorant of it or simply don't believe it. I had the good fortune to take a short workshop with Ms. Porter a short while ago, and found her kind, caring, lighthearted, enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable--all traits that are reflected here. My single reservation--far outweighed by the value of the information, which alone earns it five stars in my opinion--is that the book suffers somewhat from repetitiveness in both text and images as well as inefficient layout, and would have benefited by better editing. But if the subject interests you--as I believe it should--the book is well worth the modest investment.
Waste of Time Feb 11, 2008
The books seems to try to prove to people the benefits of good posture. If you don't already know you probably wouldn't read the book. Then it provides little practical advice on the fixing the problem: to be precise, there is essentially only chapter out of a dozen dedicated to improving your posture.
Talk about the secret that hides itself! Aug 4, 2007
Kathleen Porter has written the seminal book about the most disregarded aspect of health/wellness/fitness of our times. Most of us, and by that I mean about 95% of human populations in technologically advanced countries (TACs), are simply unaware of this issue. Hence, her little pebble, thrown into a very big pond of ignorance . . . Its ripples are circling out, washing up against the amazing disregard with which we live in our bodies. Oh, many of us exercise like mad, driving ourselves to the edge of endurance, even participating in ancient modalities of spiritual physicality like Hatha Yoga (the physical expression of the broad study of the Mind which is yoga) or t'ai chi chuan (Why is t'ai chi chuan done slowly? So you can get a look at yourself.) in increasingly competitive fashions. Yet, we're missing the point entirely. And we're hurting ourselves in the process. To what is Ms. Porter attesting? Simply that we are no longer natural in our bodies. She mentions that other animals move as their bodies' designs dictate: tigers move like tigers, giraffes, like giraffes, hawks, like hawks. Only humans move in our oddly disparate, sometimes personality-driven manners, each of us, whether striding or hobbling or waddling, moving in anomalous ways, counter to our body's basic design. You'd need to go to Bali or Myanmar or India or even Portugal to find adults who have remained naturally aligned in their bodies since childhood. Almost all of the rest of us went out of natural skeletal alignment in our fairly early youth. Ms. Porter's book helps you recognize what constitutes natural posture and offers concrete advice about how to rediscover it in your own body. This primer is a revelation. As more of us become aware of its "open secret", shared, the more likely that we will create increasing improvements in our physical wellbeing. It's such a remarkable study. Please do yourself, and everyone you love, a favor and read this one! There isn't an issue in our overstimulated, over-the-top, self-absorbed, ignorance-driven times that is of greater import to our physicality. There are still individuals, to be found largely in parts of Asia, especially India and Southeast Asia, also in Africa and South America, and corners of the Middle East, who have remained naturally aligned in their bodies into adulthood (one good example, in the U.S., is Yao Ming, the NBA player from China). They, however, are not aware of that as a fact separate from their being. They just are aligned, that's all. A very intriguing possibility is, if enough modern humans become aware of this remarkable situation, that almost all of us (in TACs) have lost that innate naturalness of posture which we found as toddlers, that we are out of alignment but have the opportunity to learn to be self-correcting and can work at becoming aligned in our own bodies again, that perhaps we can evolve spiritually, mentally, emotionally, in ways that wouldn't have been possible if we hadn't gone out of skeletal alignment in the first place and on such a huge scale and had then, through the observation of a very few, Ms. Porter among them, been made aware of this. It may be a evolutionary step on the spiraling ladder of our psycho-physio-spiritual awakening. Ageless Spine, Lasting Health: The Open Secret to Pain-Free Living and Comfortable Aging
Excellent, articulate instruction with lots of photo references. Jul 12, 2007
This is a great book which broke me out of the muscle-bound-fitness mindset, which actually can cause more problems by creating tight joints, inflexibility, tension, disc damage, and poor posture. Kathleen Porter's writing and examples are very convincing. I recommend checking out Stuart McGill's (The leading PhD back specialist) books on low back disorders for a very scientific perspective on back health, which supports Ms. Porter's book. These two authors' books have made me much healthier and have saved me a lot of (damaging) exercise time.
Back Pain and Spinal Alignment May 24, 2007
Kathleen Porter's book is must reading for anyone suffering from spinal disorders including disk degeneration, disk herniation, or back pain. The book presents a well reasoned, practical approach to an area of fundamental importance that probably does not receive enough attention in research and in treatment of spinal disorders. She provides an approach to reducing stress on the inter-vertebral disks and muscles through alignment of the bones by adopting a natural posture. While there is little scientific data to provide an evidence base for the importance of the approaches that she advocates, the anecdotal evidence and theoretical analysis that Ms. Porter provides with the use of photographs and schematic drawings makes for fascinating reading, and seems sensible and plausible. As a physician working on development of new non-operative treatments for spinal disorders such as disk herniation and low back pain, I would recommend the book to anyone interested in assessing different non-operative approaches to the achievement of improved spine health.