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Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery-2nd Edition

Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery-2nd Edition


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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.


    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.

    Table of Contents


    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
    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

    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