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1937 SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF CLASSIC STUDY OF PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF MOVEMENT. 9 1/2 inches tall hardcover, publisher's red cloth binding, gilt title to spine, illustrated endpapers depicting progressive evolution from fish to man, frontis of The Soliloquy by Vesalius, xxiv, 314 pp, 91 figures. Spine darkened, physician previous owner signature to front paste-down, no other markings. Very good in custom archival mylar cover. MABEL ELSWORTH TODD (1880 - 1956) is known as the founder of what came to be known as 'Ideokinesis', a form of somatic education that became popular in the 1930s amongst dancers and health professionals. Todd's ideas involved using anatomically based, creative visual imagery and consciously relaxed volition to create refine neuromuscular coordination. Lulu Sweigard, who coined the term Ideokinesis, and Barbara Clark furthered Todd's work. Todd's work was published in her book 'The Thinking Body' (1937), which is now considered by modern dance schools to be a classic study of physiology and the psychology of movement. Her work influenced many somatic awareness professionals of her day, and is often cited along with The Feldenkrais method for its focus on the subtle influence of unconscious intention and attention.