Groundworks gives accounts of the actual processes of working with individuals in six major schools of Somatics by either the creator of the method itself or a leading teacher of the method. The creators are Robert Hall of Lomi School, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen of Body-Mind Centering, and Emilie Conrad Da'oud of Continuum. Leading teachers of methods include Michael Salveson on Rolfing, Elizabeth Beringer on Feldenkrais work, and Darcy Elman on F. M. Alexander Technique. Each therapist describes how he or she approaches and diagnoses a patient's problem, how he or she determines what and where to work, and the progress of a session. Each therapist shows the complexity of working with somatic processes and the resulting reward for client and therapist both.
About the Author
Don Hanlon Johnson received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University. He is a professor of Somatics at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Rev. Dr. Don Johnson is a Makah Indian from Neah Bay, Washington. He served as a pastor in his hometown upon graduation from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Illinois in 1973 and eventually was elected to the Makah Tribal council until 1993 when he moved to Maplewood, Minnesota to finish his doctorate and to begin work with the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots U.S. He currently resides with his wife Mary and son Chris in Maplewood. He is the executive director of Lutheran Indian Ministry headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
"This book is a thoughtful account of how practitioners of these various methods actually go about their brilliant work. It will advance the field of Somatics."
- Michael Murphy, founder of Esalen Institute; author,The Future of the Body; Golf in the Kingdom