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The author has written an intelligent, frank and provoking book about the area of the body least talked about in an intelligent, frank and provoking manner. I consider this book essential for anyone in the "body work" field. It is a well written authoritive work by a scientist well versed in anatomy, physiology, and somatics. An excellent and important book for any Medical Doctor, Psychologist or Physical Therapist yet easily understood and enjoyed by someone with a less scientific mind. In fact, I consider this book a "MUST READ" for P.T.'s, Massage Therapists, and all body workers, consultants and trainers who work with men. I would also consider this book an excellent primer for any one (woman OR man) involved in a sexual, romantic, or loving relationship with a male. It is the equivalent of the famous "Our Bodies Our Selves" only about men. I recommend this book with highest praises!
This is a superb book. It is written particularly for Rolfers, but is essential reading for any other body worker as well. Since studying this book on my own, I have become much more confident doing pelvic massage with male clients. Having detailed knowledge of the underlying structures allows me to explain to men what I'm doing and why. Clients can be informally instructed at the same time they are made more comfortable with touch in this area. For this reason, the book is valuable for all men who want to learn about their own bodies. The text is clearly written and technical terms are explained. A particular strength is close-up photos of the genital areas of a variety of men. Each of these is paired with a line drawing of the same scale based on that photograph and showing the underlying anatomy. This arrangement makes it easy to relate what one sees on the table during a session with what one is feeling beneath the skin as one works. Other chapters on foetal and juvenile genital development, posture, and sexuality are also very informative. I have no hesitation at all in giving this excellent book five stars.
Schultz's work breaks through barriers. By treating a formerly taboo area in body work--the male pelvis--he demonstrates how the lack of attention to that area has only increased the tension that our culture has inculcated in men. Professionally, with diagrams and photos, he shows how bodyworkers can assist their clients in releasing the pelvic tightness that has accumulated over the years for social psychological reasons. This hands on book is a must read for all bodyworkers and is obviously based on a lifetime of experience in the field. He ends with a discussion of healthy male sexuality as opposed to the sexual and postural dysfunction that can result from unhealthy pelvic tension and its resulting malformation.
This book hits on a subject that is rarely ever spoken of. It addresses issues of the male anatomy that I've long suspected were problematic, but on which I could never find any information. The book is informative and eye opening. If you're male, you should read this!
This is a comprehensive and readable survey of male pelvic anatomy and how our culture and our lifestyles tend to distort how the pelvic bits work and then cause us problems below the belt. I think it's a must for men of all ages but especially older men of say 50+ worried about or starting to suffer from malfunctions in the area, whether sexual, urinary or bowels. Probably a good read for their wives & partners too! Schulz was a professional and lifelong Rolfer, following the practice developed by Dr Ida Rolf which sets out to correct the muscular and skeletal distortions throughout our bodies created by trauma and lifestyle. However you really don't need to be a believer in this to benefit from Schulz's frank descriptions (and illustrations) of how we are put together and why things go wrong. He suggest a number of changes we can make to improve matters including exercises, improved posture and simple change in attitude to this often ignored part of our bodies.
I bought this book as a reference guide, but it is outlined or presented as a primer for therapy. The writer, Dr. Schultz is a Rolf specialist, an approach that encouraged me as professional in voice use and habilitation. Previously, I had two occasions with pupils who had phonation reserve. Using common sense, I had the young man, who was somewhat near my own age (I was a graduate student teacher) to relax the posterior ani diaphragm (pelvic), which would normally cause some kind of relaxation of the viscera and relieve some abdominal stress without defecation or products that stimulate the bowels. A year later, the young woman I had asked to sing a difficult part after a voice lesson where she learned to perceive her anterior or urogential diagphram. Nothing else seemed to work for her. Remembering these occasions, I bought this book, and though I don't resort to this pelvic work often, sometimes it is necessary. She sang very well. Naturally, all according to normal circumstances. I seem to remember also that on tour some years ago, I offered one of the construction "tech" workers some advice on pelvic relaxation and stimulation.
The book uses the male's body type, and can help those curious understand the inter-functionality of the male body, how the perineum "communicates" with the body under normal circumstances. The pictures are not sexually stimulating, for me at least, but are very up close and extremely candid with excellent physiques, in black and white. But my "family" has a tendency to place this book, laughingly, with my adult interests, so beware. Perhaps, I have a more direct way to sex related topics.
Overall, for my purposes, which may not be in line with the author's intent were somewhat unfulfilled, because in addition to my professional pursuits in wanting to understand "The Trunk" completely, I wanted to know more about the functionality of the genitalia, which are also valid and pleasurable to have whether sexually active or not, without embarrassment. Sometimes, we can't choose whether or not to be sexually active, and when we potentially are, nudity can present a terrible mental block. And, I am very grateful that Dr. Schultz deals with that state of mind too.
As I said, it is a book to use under normal circumstances merely, in my case, for the most basic purposes with all due respect and reverence to the natural healing processes of the greater body.
If you don't have the original book, then get this. It's a GREAT book for understanding male body image, and how it is internalized and physically manifested.
However, this is not revised and updated. The content is virtually identical, which is a shame. As good as the original book was, it was written in the late 90's. The author uses some outdated observations and colloquialisms - Ally McBeal, grunge, Generation X. People under 50 will think that makes the content also out of date which is not true but it can obfuscate the actual it.
I thought this book may be enlightening, and some parts were interesting. Very little focused on actual bodywork and how to apply the principles that he discusses. However, this is perhaps ideal since the theory he is basing his claims on, rolfing, is psuedoscience quackery and has no scientific or physiological basis
The first thing that needs to be understood is that this book is not a science book. The author mentions that right off. It is filled with logical fallacies and hypotheses that are not backed up empirically at all. What I was looking for when I bought this book was an anatomy book that had a narration that linked physiology to actual everyday movements and events. I don't think this book was exactly what I was it.
Another quirk about the book is that, although it is "not written specifically for body workers", it is written by a Rolffer. This means that there is an assumed lexicon which you will quickly notice with the authors use of the word "protection" among other references to Rolffing topics.
That said, the book is definitely interesting. It is not vulgar or pornographic although it does openly talk about topics that normally would not be brought up in non-intimate settings. Additionally it is filled with pictures of naked men in different states of arousal from different angles. But if you don't expect that from the title then you are not very perceptive. Something else I think I should mention is that the book is not about homosexual stuff. I bring this up because of the fact that its about men's pelvises and the title starts with the word "Out" has led some of the people who see it in my house to assume that.
The author makes a lot of good observations and is detailed in his descriptions. Additionally he postulates on the possible causality of his observations and his thoughts are interesting and cause you to think about how your own body could be effected in the same way. I found myself describing the book to some people in conversation ( oh its definitely an ice breaker ) and extrapolating a lot from the author's base ideas. It's easy to make some of his theories your own because they do have realistic basis.