posted on April 9, 2014 by Olivier
If you happen to be in The Bay Area this summer, I would encourage you to go see a fabulous exhibit of Rodin’s hands sculptures at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
Hands, for obvious reasons, fascinate me. They are among the most complex structure in the human body. They are our main interface with the world that surround us. They are paradoxically strong and fragile. They are incredibly difficult to heal and yet amazingly resilient. They are shaped by our occupations, our excesses, our world. They can have a mind of their own, an intelligence shaped by practice and repetition. They are a truly human appendage.
Every months, I give myself some anatomy and physiology homework. I try to keep my knowledge of the different structures current by reviewing a structure in depth. This month it happens to be hands. I ran across an article about a professor of surgery who during his residency at Stanford would spend time in the sculpture garden of the Cantor Arts Center. He would play a mind game trying to catalog the different anatomical conditions depicted by Rodin’s bronzes.
Rodin, a French sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th century probably most famously known for “Le Penseur” (The Thinker), modeled interesting hands when he saw them. He would walk around Paris and sketch hands of laborer and manual workers, hands that he found interesting, hands telling a story. He would use those hands in some larger sculptures to communicate emotions.
The Cantor Arts Center is displaying those hands in conjunction with anatomical and physiological analysis by Dr Chang describing the conditions afflicting the sufferers. Don’t miss it! It is truly fascinating.
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My passion for the human body and the relation to its environment has led me to study the history of many healing traditions around the globe. Throughout this ongoing journey, I have noticed that one of the most widely used tools for diagnosis and treatment is touch, or what I like to refer to as ‘hands on medicine’.
A graduate of the Brenneke School of Massage I have been a massage practitioner since 2003. I have focused my early training on the art of traditional European massages and the science of myofascial, craniosacral, visceral and neuromuscular therapies. I have since specialized my work using Structural Integration and Orthopedic Massage techniques. With this deep understanding of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, I integrate different massage modalities to craft a session optimized to meet your specific goals.
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