The Bodymind Ballwork Method
The Bodymind Ballwork Method is a self-healing method that utilizes affordable rubber balls that range from walnut- to melon-sized. Providing self-massage, the balls can be applied to any area of the body including the spine, head, neck, abdomen, shoulders and feet, offering targeted muscle release and relaxation. Ellen Saltonstall has been teaching ballwork for more than 40 years and offers people of any age an important resource, useful for everything from relieving chronic shoulder pain, to lubricating muscles before a yoga practice, sport or gym workout. In addition to being an accessible “how-to” guide, this book presents somatic-informed theory of the mind-body connection, making it a resource not just for those looking to jumpstart a workout, but also for anyone coping with emotional or physical trauma. Included are tips and practices for reducing stress and increasing embodied self-awareness. The book includes step-by-step directions for 40 exercises along with photos and drawings that illustrate the different techniques.
Excerpt from the book:
Imagine your spine as supple and strong, enabling you to stand tall and to move through your day with ease. Though “good” posture may have previously been arduous or unattainable, you begin to feel your posture improving without effort as your muscles release unnecessary tension. Your hips move fluidly, and your feet are solidly on the ground. Imagine your breath as expansive and nourishing, your ribs moving easily as your lungs fill and empty. With a steady and satisfying breath, your mind stays calm and alert, and you can focus on whatever you need to attend to, with full attention and clarity.
Does that scenario seem possible to you? It might seem like a distant goal if you are accustomed to chronic neck, shoulder, or lower back pain, as so many people are. You will find, though, that you can reduce or even eliminate that pain with the help of the balls. If you have certain spots in your back that are always nagging at your awareness with a “hot spot” or a dull ache, you have the chance to change that pattern, target those spots, and provide yourself with relief. Sore feet? Relief could be just ten minutes away.
About the Author: Ellen Saltonstall is a certified bodywork teacher and yoga therapist with over forty years of experience. Her commitment to bodywork comes out of her early professional experience in modern dance performance and massage therapy. At the Saltonstall Studio in Manhattan, she teaches students who are physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga teachers, psychotherapists, dance teachers, visual artists, and writers, among others. She has offered teacher training in Bodymind Ballwork for the past ten years.
The Bodymind Ballwork Method by Ellen Saltonstall
• 174 pages • $21.95 • ISBN 978-1-62317-290-9
Book Release from North Atlantic Books