Spacious Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology
The Washington Post says Spacious Body "explores the way
our culture puts too heavy an emphasis on external power and
the will, robbing us of the joys of embodied experience...In
this day of stress and compartmentalization, when we tend
to reduce life to its constituent parts rather than see it
as seamless experience, the questions Maitland poses in his
book make for interesting reading."
Somatics magazine says, "Spacious Body is an eloquent attempt
to understand and describe something ineffable" the experience
of spontaneous freedom. Anyone who has engaged deeply in somatics,
meditation, or creativity will know the place whereof Maitland
speaks and will appreciate his thorough elucidation of it.
Like phenomenologists, somatics pioneers, and mystics before
him, he challenges the anti-body, anti-earthly existence position
that has held sway in Western culture and upholds the perennial
quest for illumination of the body. He is no fusty academician.
His writing is informed by many years in the worlds of not
only philosophy, but also Zen and Rolfing."