Body Cognition – The Method
Since the development of “Body Cognition” in the 1960s and 1970s
However, when we ask: What is “Body Cognition”, some of the answers are given in the negative form: this is not gymnastics in the usual sense; this is not a treatment for back pains only, and so on. How, then, can we define the “Body Cognition” method. Is it an educational program for a perfecting the body movement? Is it mere training or a basic system of gymnastics to improve our health?
These titles indicate only partly aspects of the method. The fundamental assumption of “Body Cognition” is that the right movement is beneficial to our physical and mental well-being. Learning the right movement can considerably facilitate the solution of a long series of prevalent bodily problems.
This book is the ID of the method: an attempt to explain extensively, present reasons arguments and demonstrate its theoretical aspect as well as display its practical implementation. The description of bodily occurrences ranges from the unique and individual to the general, from the personal to the comprehension of the common as well as vice versa – from generalizations to the individual case.
Each chapter illustrates the approach from a different perspective but all of them emphasize the method’s principal and unique trait: observing solid and general anatomical facts and, based on them, understanding their practical implications for the physical conduct from a health starting point.
The way the method relates to issues not usually associated with movement:
- Physical therapy
- Personal development
- Learning, thinking
˃˃˃ The book is targeted towards two main reader groups:
1. All those interested in their body and health and want to delve deeper into the body out of personal and intellectual inquisitiveness.
2. Professionals dealing with all the body therapy disciplines.
The chapter topics and level of thoroughness are adjusted to both groups. Hence, all readers can find in the book what they are looking for in accordance with their level of interest and depth.
Josepha Michaeli is an Israeli acclaimed physiotherapist and physical education teacher. She had conceived and developed the ground breaking Body Cognition method many years ago and trained generations of both students and teachers. This book summons up her theory and experience.