This book should come with a warning!

It will challenge and eventually change the way you see and understand the body.

But what else would we expect from a philosophizing world-champion wind-surfer and a fluid-moving aesthete? We can be grateful that they have teamed up together to provide us with a new perspective.

Martin, the philosopher, and Linus, the aesthete, point out that when changing views there is no wrong perspective—“being different is not the same as being wrong”—and this book certainly gives a new and refreshing perspective.

The change in perspective and vocabulary means it might take the reader a few passes through the book to really hear, see, and integrate the significance of what they say inside. That time will be well spent.

I first met Martin and Linus in separate bodywork classes. They were both quietly confident deep thinkers, happy to sit back and observe until they had the full picture.

When either of them did eventually ask a question or make a comment the class listened. Both Linus and Martin demonstrated the ability to take in new information, process it and re-present it with enhanced clarity and even greater depth.

That same dynamic is at play in this text. Linus and Martin have taken their experience and understanding of many disciplines and distilled it into “Movement Integration.” The understanding of their principles will, when applied, free you from protocol-based thinking. They will take you from posture to movement and from anatomy to “ensomatosy”—their own word and gift to the world.

The philosophy within the book guides us toward an understanding of integration, a concept many have tried to define and which is captured beautifully within these pages through words, pictures and photographs.

Integration is about embodiment, and is both inclusive and incorporative in the truest senses of each of those words: integration is about relationships and communication, freedom and expression.

As your guides on the journey toward integration, Linus and Martin have provided language and visual tools that facilitate any therapist’s exploration of what embodiment really means. Movement and breath tools are also explored both by the writers themselves and by a collection of contributors that you’ll find in part III.

If you have traveled widely in your reading you will be familiar with many of the names on the list of contributors. Each has something different to say about their experience with movement and each, like the main authors, enjoys testing orthodoxy.

This book is about challenging current models and is full of fresh ideas from fresh thinkers. Thereby the book achieves its aspiration because, in Linus’s words, “the meaning of life is to be able to move freely in body and mind and to find someone to love.”

Linus and Martin have moved boundaries that constrain us in body, mind, and soul. As an expression of their commitment to communication they have created Movement Integration. This innovative book will inspire you to move your body, it will expand your mind, and, trust me, you will love it!

James Earls
Author of Born to Walk:
Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement
London, UK
July 2019

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