Experienced Bodyworker Teaches Ways to Strengthen Your Bodymindcore
“I’ve been a practicing bodyworker for twenty-three years and have taught bodywork skills for the past fifteen of them,” writes Noah Karrasch in the prologue to his new book Meet Your Body: A Rolfer’s Guide to Releasing Bodymindcore Trauma. “In that time I’ve seen lots of distressed bodies and spirits, and worked with interesting conditions, including some in my own body. My personal major crisis came over twenty years ago when I was in a small plane that crash-landed, breaking my spine and causing me to have surgery to clean, fuse, and stabilize it. Most friends and students believe I’ve rehabilitated myself quite well.”

Many of us hold on to old fears, traumas and stresses and allow them to define and frame our lives. This book shows how to relieve these problems and help you look and feel better on a profound level. Based on the idea that the body is composed of twenty-one important hinges, Meet Your Body [2009, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 234 pages, paperback, 978-1-84819-016-0, $17.95] shows how we can ‘oil’ and free these hinges, stretching the body out so we can feel healthy and happy more of the time.

“As a physician, I see many complaints and problems that patients bring to us that don’t fit into the narrow boxes we learned in medical school,” writes Ralph Harvey MD, in the book’s foreword. “The concepts in this book are not commonly taught in medical school, but they are crucial to an understanding of how our bodies actually work, and how we can take ourselves from hurt, through healing, towards optimal health.”

Karrasch’s therapeutic work is influenced by his background in Rolfing, a hands-on manipulation of the body’s connective tissue designed to enhance posture and freedom of movement. From this theory of structural integration, Karrasch has developed a focus on the inseparable connection between our minds and our bodies, our bodymindcore. Guiding the reader through the various hinges of the body, from the big toe to the hip to the head, the author shows how learning to isolate and stretch these hinges in new ways can lead to a happy bodymindcore, making a great difference to overall health and wellbeing. Each chapter addresses a particular hinge physically as well as sharing ideas about its emotional component, and includes photographs and drawings illustrating a variety of bodymindcore techniques.

“I’ve come upon a way to present important information that I believe any body, no matter its level of body knowledge and mechanics, could benefit from and use to enhance its own being and doing,” concludes Karrasch. “I’m eager to share with you these ideas to help you get to know your own body and turn around your life.”
Noah Karrasch is a certified Rolfer and licensed massage therapist, and holds a teaching degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He teaches core bodywork skills throughout the Midwest and also works with the Wren Clinic in East London. Noah lives and works in Springfield, Missouri.