The following is an excerpt from the Table of Contents of
Engaging The Movement Of Life:
Exploring Health & Embodiment Through Osteopathy & Continuum

by Bonnie Gintis, D.O. 

Table of Contents

Preface by Emilie Conrad


Prologue: Beginning With Saline Fluid Resonance

Chapter 1: Engaging The Movement of Life: The Common Ground of Osteopathy & Continuum Movement


What Is Continuum Movement?

Watery Motion: Rhythm, Speed, & Amplitude Variation

The Movement Of Breath & Sound

The Primacy Of Breath & Fluidity As More Than Mechanical Events

Open-Ended Inquiry


Habit: A Closed System

Mutability, The Capacity To Change, Adapt, And Heal

“Release” Is Not A Goal

The Body Is Primarily Fluid

The Embryonic Field

Fluid Movement & The Therapeutic Process

Aging As Decreased Fluidity & Adaptability

Movement, Fitness, & Health

Developing A Sensory-Based Kinesthetic Vocabulary

Experiencing Osteopathy In Continuum Practice

Each Of Us Is Our Own Healer

Chapter 2: The Dynamics Of Attention Learning To Attend To Myself As Well As I Attend To Others

The Philosophy Of “What Else?”

Thinking Does Not Create Embodiment

Inquiry About Relationships

The Effects Of Being Attentive

Modes Of Attentiveness

The Measurable And Immeasurable Aspects Of Attention

Concentrating Versus Paying Attention

Engaged Support Versus Intervention

Utilizing A Map To Explore The Territory

Open Attention & The Tempo Of Silent-Felt Listening

Language, Belief, Attention, & Perception

The Value Of Embodied Information In A Meaningful Context

Attention As A Portal To The Mystery

Chapter 3: The Nature Of Water In The Living Human Body


The Indirect Answer That Fueled My Inquiry

Fresh Water And Salt Water Distribution In The Body & On Earth

Interesting Properties Of Water In Any Context

The Natural Characteristics Of Moving Water

Spiral Movement In Water

The Saline Fluids Of The Body

Water Content

Self-Care Using Water & Its Vital Qualities

Water As A Conduit For Information Transfer

Material Characteristics Of CSF, The Body’s Fresh Water

Nonmaterial Characteristics Of CSF

Health And The Expression Of Fluidity

Chapter 4: The Embryonic Field & Healing

The Literal & Archetypal Embryo

Embryonic Field Influence In Children & Adults

An Overview Of Conception & Implantation

The Emergence Of The Midline

The Trilaminar Embryo

Questioning Stem Cell Research

Embryonic Field Considerations In Diagnosis And Treatment

Chapter 5: Health As The Reference Point

Hope Versus Expectation

Caring For Ourselves

Discipline Versus Devotion

Biology Versus Biography


Healing As The Future Moving Into The Present

Healing Is Not About Self-Improvement

Our Need For Help

Chapter 6: The Mutability Of Mesoderm

The Accidental Osteopath

The Origin & Nature Of Mutable Mesoderm

Non-structural Elements of Embryonic Mesoderm

The Illusion Of “Systems” In The Body

What Makes Connective Tissue Connect?

The Basic Composition Of Tissues Derived From Mesoderm

The Role Of Water In Connective Tissue

Is The Name “Osteopathy” A Misnomer?

Form Follows Function

Forces That Influence Developing Tissue Continue Throughout Life

Bone Health, Aging, and Degeneration

The Common Rationale For Working With The Mutability Of Function & Form

Chapter 7: Fitness: Working “Out” Or Working “Within”?

What Is Fitness?

“Jungle Gym:” A Dynamic Expression Of Continuum

Why Do You Choose A Particular Activity?

What About Doing Physical Activities Just For Fun?

The Problems With Excessive Static Stability

Movement As A Prescribed Treatment

Sensing How We Move Versus Moving What We Are Told To Move

Chapter 8: Backs Don’t “Go Out”

Chapter 9: Continuum & The Eros Of Life

Chapter 10: Movement & Stillness: A Mutually Inclusive Continuum

Appendix: Resources


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