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The Thorax – an integrated approach

The Thorax – an integrated approach

This detailed foreword, by Gregory S Johnson, to Diane Lee’s impressive and authoritative work on the thorax and its interconnections with the rest of the body, is both informative and enthusiastic. We hope it gives a suitable introduction to this keenly awaited...
Why worry about drugs for cattle?

Why worry about drugs for cattle?

We are grateful to Niall T McLaren Galloway, Professor of Urology at the Emory Continence Centre for writing this fascinating post introducing ‘symmetry seeking’ in health care. With particular emphasis on the commonality of hormones between species and...
Chronic Pain: A resource for effective manual therapy

Chronic Pain: A resource for effective manual therapy

We are delighted to share this positive and informative book review by Tobias K. Dobler, DHSc, BSc Ost of Chronic pain: A resource for effective manual therapy by Philip Austin DO PhD.   Combining his personal experience as an osteopath with clinical research...

A review of Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation and Wellness Care by Ginger Garner, by Dr Jordan Cordoza, Owner/Physical therapist at BasicMVMT Physical therapy and Sports Performance   Medical Therapeutic Yoga is a scientific and researched based...
A cheeky wee blog post…

A cheeky wee blog post…

Handspring diversifies… When Xavier Bazart told me that he was starting a winemaking business I had a lightbulb – or rather a wineglass – moment.  Why not a Handspring own-brand wine combining my enthusiasm for the fruit of the vine with our ripening bodywork...

We are very pleased to announce that we are now the distributors in Europe and North America of the fantastic A-Z Pocketbooks published in Australia by Amanda Neill, Anatomist, Pathologist, Medical and Health Educator. The 16 titles offer healthcare students...
Exploring stillness

Exploring stillness

John Matthew Upledger, CEO of Upledger Institute International, reflects on the recently published The Inner Power of Stillness by Alexander Filmer-Lorch, Caroline Barrow and Maggie Gill. We are delighted to share his Foreword to the book in full here. ‘It is...
Yoga for Perinatal Depression

Yoga for Perinatal Depression

Raquel Chinchetru, senior yoga therapist, shares her expertise on using yoga therapeutically to help women dealing with perinatal depression. Perinatal depression is defined as depression encompassing pregnancy and the first postpartum year. It has potentially...
Yoga ~ Teaching Kids to Relate with Compassion

Yoga ~ Teaching Kids to Relate with Compassion

  Michelle Fury, Yoga Therapist at Children’s Hospital, Colorado, reflects on the intention behind International Yoga Day and the impact of yoga on issues of global concern. Yoga’s popularity has increased on a global scale. Recently the United Nations...
The Liberating Joy of Yoga Practice

The Liberating Joy of Yoga Practice

We are delighted to share this first review of Joanne Avison’s Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement by Marian van Oorschot, British Wheel of Yoga teacher and Regional Editor of the BWY in Scotland. This review was first published in the BWY Scotland magazine...
Staying Balanced

Staying Balanced

This insightful article on Tai Chi and its essential element – balance – was first published in no. 46 edition of  Tai Chi Chuan Magazine. It has also appeared at http://theinternalathlete.wordpress.com. Daniel: ‘When do I learn how to...
Biotensegrity – a new chapter

Biotensegrity – a new chapter

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...
Teaching Pilates to Children and Adolescents

Teaching Pilates to Children and Adolescents

Dawn-Marie Ickes MPT, PMA®-CPT, CNT, VMP, CST, NASM®-YES shares her experience of Pilates from receiving Pilates treatment as a 13 year old, through learning to enjoy and value Pilates, onto developing a fully fledged program for teaching Pilates to children and young...
Nicette Sergueef: An Author’s Tale

Nicette Sergueef: An Author’s Tale

Nicette Sergueef, Associate Professor at the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University and author of Osteopathy for the Over 50s writes about her experience of writing for publication from getting...
Tai Chi, Fascia and Whole-Body Movement

Tai Chi, Fascia and Whole-Body Movement

(Fascia image courtesy of EndovivoProductions) We are pleased to share another blog post written by Sam Moor, teacher of Chen Tai Chi. A key outcome of Sam’s research into fascia and its role in human movement is an appreciation of the value of a...
Teaching Pilates to Children and Adolescents

A ground-breaking collaboration

‘First educate the child.’ Joseph Pilates (1883-1967)  Elizabeth Anderson, Executive Director of the Pilates Method Alliance shares her excitement about the PMA’s collaboration with Handspring Publishing which will see publication in early 2014 of...
Paying Attention: The Power of Perception

Paying Attention: The Power of Perception

We are delighted to share this guest post by Sam Moor, a Tai Chi teacher working in Sussex, England. Although Tai Chi is not an art in which we have commissioned books to date, the ideas and philosophy described in Sam’s writing to a large extent reflect the...
Regulating Yoga Teaching

Regulating Yoga Teaching

In this guest post Joanne Avison explores the issue of regulation of Yoga teaching. As the ancient practice of Yoga becomes more accessible and contemporary a dilemma is emerging. There are new and valuable interpretations that demonstrably ignite the imagination of...

Writing: A labour of love… and a blessing!

Sherry Brourman, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Physical Therapist and Author shares her experience of writing for Handspring Publishing. I am deep in a project that is taking years and requiring serious energy and sacrifice.  But this intense...

The Planned and the Serendipitous!

One look at the program lineup and it was obvious that the organizers of the International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) had planned for success. I came away from the experience with a bounty of take-away gems. The Keynotes alone eloquently covered: how...
Osteopathy: beyond the scientific / spiritual dichotomy

Osteopathy: beyond the scientific / spiritual dichotomy

Robert Lever, much admired former teacher at the European School of Osteopathy, here reflects on the central issues for osteopathy that he explores in greater detail in his forthcoming book: At the Still Point of the Turning World – the Art and Philosophy of...
Staying Balanced

Focussing on areas of common interest

Early in December Handspring Publishing hosted a focus group to identify publication needs in yoga therapy and related areas. We met in the Dorothy Stringer School Library, Brighton, the get-together being ably assisted by yoga therapist, Jo Avison, whose next book...

Clinical study shows Pilates is good for you

Handspring Publishing is delighted to post a guest blog by Tracey Mellor, Pilates Instructor and Studio Owner. We are grateful to Tracey for writing this piece which is full of insight and offers links to more in-depth studies relating to Pilates. Tracey’s own...

Bodywork publishing – supporting the bridge

Reading Hagins and Khalsa’s Research perspective in the latest issue of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy reminded me of discussion at the Forum on Teaching Research run by OsEAN earlier this year. Two professional groups – yoga therapists and osteopaths –...

Ode to a tired author

Last Monday I wrote out ten pages They seemed to take ages and ages On Tuesday I read them to Ben And decided to write them again On Wednesday I found myself daunted By the themes with which I am haunted On Thursday I wrote them all down And then realised with a frown...
Yoga, the brain and mental health

Yoga, the brain and mental health

Just spent a fascinating couple of days in London at the conference – first of its type – ‘Yoga, the Brain and Mental Health’. Ably organized by Heather Mason, the meeting brought together yoga therapists and psychotherapists to hear talks by scientists and...

You say Pilates, I say Pilates…

A brief visit to Handspring Publishing’s website will provide the reader with the full list of manual therapy, bodywork and movement specialisms in which we intend to publish. One of the most vibrant of those specialisms is Pilates, the exercise and physical fitness...