In this series, Til makes liberal and salient use of the un-traditional views of anatomy now available through electronic media, exposing relationships not evident in the standard texts. The photographs included not only show the techniques as they apply to the client, but also where the intent is directed vis-avis the client’s skeleton a boon to accurate application across different body types. Charts, summaries, and study guides only add to the clarity of the presentation for the mid-level or advanced manual therapist.
I am very happy to see that this second volume covers the vestibular system, which is sadly underserved elsewhere, as well as dealing openly and fairly with the controversies surrounding the psoas major and environs. Other corners at the edge of manual therapy’s reach, such as the diaphragm, rib heads, mesentery and deeper structures of the neck are dealt with in a practical but sophisticated manner.
As Til states, a book is a good but limited tool, so augment the information from here with his video presentations, or enjoy the mature version of the unique man I saw so many years ago by going to Til’s classes. You can rely on what you find, because his innate confidence is such that he feels no ned to overstate his case or claim ‘cures’ or causation. The spirit of this book is exploration, an informed exploration that encourages the client’s body to heal itself, and evokes the client’s desire to retain the renewed access to movement.
And most of all, Til’s work requires the practitioner to stay awake and aware, the single most important factor in a long and satisfying practice.