Some favourite blogs
Covers of the books by Howard Evans; Tom Myers, and coauthored by Mike Reinold ….
and, upper left, Sasha peeking through the ivy in our Corfu garden.
As an intermittent blogger – in some months there will be 4, or even 5, postings, and in some months only 1 – I have come to admire those dedicated bloggers who manage a larger output – despite being just as busy in their professional lives. I have selected a few of my favorites….in no particular order:
This is undoubtedly on of the best written and well organised, by someone whose frenetic activities need to be seen in the context that his ‘day job’ is Rehabilitation Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer for Boston Red Sox (2007 World Series Champions).
Mike’s blog is frequent (I wish mine were!) as well as being informative and entertaining. He is extremely well trained (PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS) and has authored numerous articles, as well as being coauthor of a major (nearly 900 pages!) book The Athlete’s Shoulder (Churchill Livingstone 2008)
Anyone who has struggled with rehabilitation of the injured shoulder will understand the complexity of this amazing joint….. and none would understand it better than those associated with baseball, where it attracts a degree of overuse in excess of practically any other sport (although water polo comes to mind as another).
A blog with a gentler rhythm, which goes well with the nature of the blogger in question, is that produced by Howard Evans.
Howard’s new book A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage (Elsevier 2008) reflects the way in which he has allowed his life experiences and studies to evolve to the point where he has merged modern understanding of the myofascial structures of the body, with traditional Thai methods, in novel but logical ways.
To quote from the book’s publicity blurb:
“In A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage, the author takes a radically different approach to Thai Massage by redefining the sen lines in myofascial terms. He provides a coherent system illustrating the function and benefits of Thai Massage through its actions on the myofascial network, lymph and blood flow.”
Howard was one of a cohort of (mostly!) mature students who I was lucky enough to teach, when the School of Integrated Health was just beginning its’ existence in the early to mid 1990’s, as (at that time) The Center for Community Care and Primary Health, a (then) new department of the University fo Westminster, London.
The MSc course, in Therapeutic Bodywork, involved topics such as Neuromuscular Technique (NMT), which Howard was able to link to the underlying concepts of Thai Massage which he had previously studied. This ‘link’ was not too surprising I suppose, as NMT had its’ roots in Ayurvedic manual treatment methods….something I have discussed in previous posts relating to the work of Stanley Lief ND DO DC, and his cousin, my uncle, Boris Chaitow ND DC in the 1930s.
Tom Myers blog: http://www.anatomytrains.com/blogs/tom-myers
Not surprisingly to those who have read his magnus opus (Anatomy Trains), Tom writes beautifully. His prose is poetic, and his use of language flows with a natural ease that is enviable….I will say no more….go read his current notes on his ongoing trip to Africa.
…and finally, the blog produced by my remarkable daughter Sasha, http://sashanonserviat.net/ is a delight to read. Sasha is opinionated, intelligent, and is a gifted writer (and artist), and having completed her 2nd Masters degree she is now immersed in preparing for a slew of talks/lectures and conference presentations, as well as an art exhibition later this year…. all details will be found sooner or later on her blog-site, along with examples of her art.