Brian Huxley shares his enthusiasm for Graham Scarr’s new book and explains why he believes it is a particularly timely publication.
In Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life Graham Scarr has brought to bear his great knowledge, enthusiasm, passion, and especially his dogged determination to deliver a clear understanding of a fascinating, although misunderstood and confusing subject.
My own 18 year journey studying anatomy and kinesiology, advanced sports therapy, hypnotherapy and NLP left me feeling confused, and unhappy with the traditional concepts of levers within musculoskeletal anatomy. I was heavily involved, early on, in the study of fascial anatomy. Around 2003-2004 I came across the work of Buckminster Fuller and found his explanations of tensegrity fascinating because I could relate this concept to human anatomy. So it was a great relief when I came across the work of Stephen Levin on biotensegrity as I now finally understood this missing link within musculoskeletal anatomy and, more importantly, how this new insight could be applied to my clients’ treatments and passed on to my students with confidence.
As far as I know, at present there are no other books written about the specific topic of biotensegrity. Well done to Graham Scarr for presenting us with Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life. The main aspect of the book that I find appealing is the overall layout. The book can be read in its entirety as I have done, but I can also reference specific chunks for my students, for whom I am confident this will become a key text and reference.
I also really like the accessible language used by the author, especially for the most detailed aspects of the subject matter. The many illustrations, photos and diagrams help further to eliminate confusion and clarify the subject matter.
In conclusion, I thought I knew this subject very well but reading this book made me realise how little I actually know! The book is well referenced and the author also has an excellent website at www.tensegrityinbiology.co.uk which supports the book and provides opportunities for extended study and further referencing. As a result of reading this book I now feel completely up to date and confident with the subject of biotensegrity. I am grateful to Graham Scarr for bringing so much relevant information together in this readable and comprehensible book.Brian Huxley, Trainer, Therapist, Consultant Barnsley, England October 2014