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I Introduction II Constructing simple tesegrity models III Reflections upon tesegrity Forces: the interplay of tension and compression - Traditional versus tensegral - Tensegrity maximises the advantages of tension and minimises the drawbacks of compression - Tensegrity structures are elastic and highly responsive - Tensegrity structures are synergis - The spiralling and volume-maintaining response of tensegrity structures to loads - Glossary Forms: a geometry for thinking and feeling - Space in art and architecture - Energetic geometry - A critique of 'cubic thnking' - Part-whole relationship: inescapable complexity - Tensegrity: the epitome of Fuller's concept The body: a biotensegral hierarchy - Tensegrity at the organism level - Tensegrity from the subcellular to the tissue level - A unifying approach to anatomy and biomechanics IV Inspirations Biotensegral body awareness Creative thoughts by contributors sharing the spirit of biotensegrity - Liane Simmel: Dance and Biotensegrity - Michele Tarento: Osteo-eveil and biotensegrity - Nadine Quere: Biotensegrity and manual fascia therapy : the importance of the bone structure - Bernard Payrau: Reflections of a cardiologist inspired by the concept of Biotensegrity - Diane Drake Vincentz: Exploring the Biotensegral Response Potential With Special Needs Children and Adults - Advanced - Biomechanical Rehabilitation - Marc Nurnberger: Towards a tensegral grammar Further realisations and projects involving tesegrity

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Physicist, movement researcher and educator. Since 1989 Dr Martin has been practicing Chinese arts of movement (Qi Gong, Tai Ji Quan and Yi Quan); she is also trained in dance therapy and in Spiraldynamik (R) (three-dimensional movement coordination) and worked as a movement therapist at a psychosomatic clinic for eight years. Dr Martin studied biotensegrity with Dr Stephen Levin and Tom Flemons. In 2009 she set up an international think-tank focussed on biotensegrity: the Biotensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.). The group meets every year. She has developed movement concepts based on her diverse background and integrated them into a unified programme. She now practices as a freelance "living biotensegrity" teacher. For more information contact: dc_martin@gmx.de.

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