How Life Moves

BookCover2How Life Moves

Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness

by Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank

In How Life Moves, Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank present a comprehensive movement program, using the story of biological evolution—from the single cell to the human being—as a creative tool to increase strength, flexibility, and body awareness. Through a series of perceptual exercises, you will learn to “unlearn” self-defeating body habits. These evolutionary explorations revive the body’s native intelligence, fostering new movements and pathways to overcome musculoskeletal complaints including lower back, shoulder, and neck pain.

Published by North Atlantic Books

How Life Moves explains

  • Why we move the way we do
  • What the animal kingdom and the story of biological evolution can teach us about our bodies
  • How to evoke movement that facilitates core strength
  • Why we develop pain and stiffness as we age and whether this is inevitable
  • How yoga, Pilates, tai chi, structural integration, Feldenkrais Method®, and the Alexander Technique work and why these traditions are helpful for some people, less so for others
  • What body therapists need to know about the origin and rehabilitation of confused coordination
  • The role imagination plays in learning and how healing is a creative event
  • The importance of curiosity and inquiry in somatic practice
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About the AuthorsCaryn McHose has taught creative movement for over thirty-five years. She developed the experiential anatomy course at Middlebury College, which became the basis of Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy, a book she collaborated on with Andrea Olsen. McHose co-founded the RK training in perceptual skills for somatic practitioners in Burlington, Vermont, and uses biodynamic cranial-sacral and Somatic Experiencing® techniques in her private practice.Kevin Frank is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolfing® movement practitioner who also teaches Rolf Institute® and IASI CE approved courses. He assisted Toni Packer in founding the Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreats in Springwater, New York.Frank and McHose created and currently run Resources in Movement, a center for movement inquiry in Holderness, New Hampshire, where they live.

Extract from a review…

Jacqueline A.Carleton, PhD

McHose, C. & Frank, K. (2006). How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness. Berkeley: North Atlantic. This book is so extraordinary that it eludes mere description. Its multi-disciplinary approach (referred to by the author of the Foreword as “erudite”) weaves together what they have gleaned from their many teachers (acknowledged and described in a special appendix were names many of us will recognize such as Rolf, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Conrad, Levine, Harper, Bainbridge Cohen) in their very personal creative synthesis. Gliding effortlessly from the cellular level through the unique individual to the movement in and of groups, their explanations and illustrations provide enormous amounts of material for the teacher or therapist. Illustrations of Indonesian textiles, photos of people and animals, skeletal sections, ancient vessels, ancient and modern drawings and wonderful figures in leotards are juxtaposed to illuminate the concepts they present. And interspersed, are brief sections addressed to teachers and body therapists on ways to make clinical use of the material.

From the Fall 2006 Newsletter of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.


“a visual delight with art and drawings depicting biology and evolution, interspersed with a woman in sensuous movement”

Susan Harper, International teacher of Continuum Movement

“This renewed acquaintance with the body’s deepest history moves the reader beyond the artificial separation of body and mind.”

Mary Catherine Bateson, PhD,
Cultural Anthropologist, author of Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery

“…well thought out and highly articulate voice for a moving scenario that enriches all of our lives.”

Emilie Conrad, Founder of Continuum Movement

How Life Moves is an invitation to viscerally immerse ourselves in the creativity of the universe. …an experiential, evolutionary journey of life on our planet…”

Brian Swimme, PhD, author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story

Read a translation of the first two chapters of How Life Moves in Japanese.

Click here for Chapter 1
Click here for Chapter 2