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By William S. Leigh

ISBN-10: 0284910996

ISBN-13: 9780284910998

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I was in a bad mood and not happy about returning to Utah. When I told the Rolfer that I had just been accepted by Ida for training, he took this as a decree that I had to have a well-processed body. Ida was known for grading the work done on a person and would often call someone who did not meet her standards. Well, I resisted, and that poor Rolfer worked for over two hours. I felt beat. " Anyway he finished and told me to spend the night at a motel before driving to Utah. No one ever tells me what to do so I drove for the next eighteen hours.

One day in our training in San Francisco, Moshe was acting cantanker­ ous, and he knew it. "What I need," he said, "is a young woman with dimples in her cheeks to take care of me," and he laughed and laughed. I laughed, too. I knew what he meant because I had read the chapter on "Muscular Habit and the Sexual Act" in his book Body and Mature Behavior. A few days later a nice young lady arrived from Israel to take care of his household needs, and Moshe was again his happy, con­ genial self. The cheeks with dimples were not on the face.

Can you separate the two hands? Can you tell me what direction my fingers are moving? Am I lifting your tissue? Now take a deep breath. How does that change what you experience? Now can you feel that bone? Can you feel how the muscle is attached? What am I doing? Can you feel how it is moving? Now move your elbow straight out and straight in slowly. What do you experience in your chest? " I asked. She answered, "No," and laughed. The mind can only focus on one thing at a time; by completely attending to what was happen­ ing she had bypassed the pain.

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