Self Use

Various methodologies to improve one’s awareness of how one uses movement, breath, and voice in art and in life.

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Aaron Black

Amanda MacDonald

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Adam Noble


Barbara Sellers-Young


Bruce Lecure

Belinda Mello

Corrie Danieley


Christopher Duval

Catherine Madden


Eli Sibley

Colum Morgan

Chelsea Pace

Connie Rotunda


Cynthia Kneen

Joan Schirle

Lee Ordeman

Eileen Standley

Christopher Beaulieu


Jason Bohon

Joann Browning

Jess Prichard

Joan Schirle

Kim Jessor

Kali Quinn


Luke Eddy

Emily Davis

Melissa Noble

Michelle Milne

Nadine Mozon

Eliza Ladd

Rachelle Tsachor


Robert Ruffin

Sarah Barker

Tamala Bakkensen

Wendy Salkind

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Bibliography for Self Use

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  • Bertherat, Therese and Carol Bernstein. The Body Has Its Reasons: Self-Awareness Through Conscious Movement. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1989. 0- 89281-298-2 A series of “anti-exercises” to develop range and freedom of movement, releasing constraints and reawakening dormant muscles.
  • Brooks, Charles V. W. Sensory Awareness: The Rediscovery of Experiencing. New York: The Viking Press, 1974. Based on the Esalen work of Charlotte Selver. Good body awareness exercises.
  • Campbell, Douglas G., M.D. “Posture, A Gesture Towards Life,” Physiotherapy Review, Vol. 15, no. 2, 1935.
  • Clark, Barbara. How to Live in Your Axis. Tempe, AZ: Clark Manuals, 1968.
  • ________. Let’s Enjoy Sitting, Standing, and Walking. Tempe AZ: Clark Manuals, 1963.
  • Clay, Jack. “Self-Use in Actor Training,” The Drama Review, 16(March 1972): 16-22.
  • Deutsch, Felix. “Analysis of Postural Behavior,” Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Vol. 16, 1947: 195-213.
  • Dowd, Irene. Taking Root to Fly. New York: Contact Collaborations, 1981.
  • Fenton, Jack Vinten. Choice of Habit. London: Macdonald & Evans, 1973.
  • Fetis, Rosemary. Ida Rolf Talks About Rolfing and Physical Reality. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
  • Friedman, Philip and Gail Eisen. The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1980. A strenuous conditioning method, abdominally centered. Hanna, Thomas. The Body of Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.
  • ________. Somatics. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1980.
  • Haxthausen, Margit and Rhea Leman. Body Sense. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987. Introduction by Alexander Lowen. Describes a Danish system of alignment, “afspaending,” Applies this to modern dance exercises.
  • Heller, Joseph and William A. Henkin. Bodywise. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1986. Outline of various approaches to bodywork. Description of Hellerwork, a variation of Rolfing. Connects areas of the body with strong images of their psychophysical function.
  • Kagan, Gerald. Your Body Works: A Guide to Health, Energy, and Balance. Berkeley, CA: Transformations Press, 1980.
  • Lessac, Arthur. Body Wisdom: the Use and Training of the Human Body. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1978. Integrated body/voice approach for actors and non-actors, by a noted voice teacher.
  • Lewis, Howard R. and Dr. Harold S. Streitfeld. Growth Games. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970.
  • Myers, Martha and Margaret Pierpont and Diana Schnitt. “Body Systems,” in Theatrical Movement: A Bibliographical Anthology, Bob Fleshman, ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1986.
  • Olsen, Andrea with Caryn McHose. Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy. Barrytown, NJ: Station Hill Press, Inc., 1991.
  • Rolf, Ida. Rolfing: Structural Integration. San Francisco: San Francisco Guild for Structural Integration, n. d.
  • ________. Rolfing: The Integration of Human Structures. New York: Harper & row, 1978.
  • ________. What in the World is Rolfing? Santa Monica, CA: Institute for Structural Integration, 1975.
  • Selver, Charlotte with V. W. Brooks. “Report on Work in Sensory Awareness and Total Functioning,” Explorations in Human Movement Potential. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 1966.
  • Sweigard, Lulu. Human Movement Potential: Its Ideokinetic Facilitation. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1974.
  • Todd, Mabel Elsworth. Early Writings. New York: Dance Horizons, 1973.
  • ________. The Hidden You. New York: Dance Horizons, 1953.
  • ________. The Thinking Body. New York: Dance Horizons, 1972. First published in 1937. A classic in self-use.
  • Trager, Milton with Cathy Hammond. Movement as a Way to Agelessness: A Guide to Trager Mentastics. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1995. 0-88268-167-2
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