At the Still Point of the Turning World

The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy

By Robert Lever

Format: Multiple Formats

Examines the history and development of osteopathy and its place in modern healthcare. Describes the complex range of skills which combine to make osteopathy a unique and effective therapy. Written by a highly regarded practitioner and teacher with over 40 years' of experience.

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Handspring publishes across the entire range of bodywork and manual therapies, including movement – from yoga to fitness. They publish for professionals – for teachers, therapists, and the trainers who run courses for them.

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Provides an important contribution to the ongoing debate about the scope and approach of osteopathy (mechanistic vs psychological/spiritual). Looks at the dichotomy between the spirit and the science within osteopathy. Argues that the most effective care is given when a skilled practitioner combines technical skill with empathy, compassion and a still, listening attitude. Suggests that while hard research and clinical evidence provide important underpinning it is the human qualities of wisdom and compassion which can develop osteopathy into an art. Based on over 40 years' experience as a dedicated practitioner and a gifted teacher. At a time when the debate is more open and lively than ever this book is very timely.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Handspring Publishing
Publication Date 28 May 2013
SKU 9781909141056-grouped
Number of Pages 208

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What the Reviewers Say "This is a unique text. It contains a remarkable mix. The scientific perspectives have probably never [before] been gathered together in one place. This is priceless, and makes the book essential reading for the intelligent osteopath. " Harold S Klug DO, Osteopathy practitioner, London, UK. "For those who have ears to listen and eyes to read it will probably become the most inspiring osteopathic book of their lives and careers!" Paolo Tozzi MSc Ost FT, Osteopathy teacher, Italy. "This book is long overdue and is a contribution to osteopathic thought and philosophy which has never before been so eloquently stated." Gerald Lamb BSc(Lond) DO, Osteopathy Practitioner, London, UK and International Lecturer. "[This book] will become a classic text of 'must reads' for those who think - ." Nicholas Handoll DO MSCC, Osteopathy practitioner, Hereford UK.

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