Welcome to Thinking Body Institute News!
TBI News provides ongoing updates on the activities of the Thinking Body Institute. Archive subscribers may also submit short descriptions of their activities that may be of interest to users of the website.
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We are pleased to announce that the TBI Catalog has been added to the Exchange page. The catalog presents information on currently available publications and digital media that pertain to the work of Mabel Elsworth Todd, her protégés and their students. Each listing includes a detailed description of the work, the cover art, product details and a link to the publisher or vendor. Click here to visit the TBI Catalog.
We are also pleased to announce the launch of Thinking Body Institute Media! This new component of the Thinking Body Institute publishes and distributes a selection of texts, monographs, MP3 files and and ebooks related to the individuals who are featured in the TBI website. New editions of the classic texts written by Mabel Elsworth Todd are included in the TBI Media collection. These editions are pristine replicas of the works that Todd originally published between 1929 and 1954. The small collection of Todd’s texts that is now available is just the beginning; The Hidden You and The Thinking Body are now in production and should be available by the end of the year.
TBI Media also ventured into the production of digital media for our field. Currently, we are offering MP3 files of two recordings André Bernard produced for his Creative Body Alignment workshop students in the 1980’s. There is also an ebook version of a monograph called Influences on the Work of Mabel Elsworth Todd which provides historical context for the online courses currently offered by the Institute. Additional publications are planned.
Please note that TBI Media business activities are conducted exclusively through the website, https://tbi-media.org. This means that TBI Media printed and digital items will not be found in bookstores or through large online retailers to insure that all proceeds from purchases can be used to support the mission of the Thinking Body Institute. Please make use of the new TBI Media website and spread the word to your colleagues and students!
New Additions to Todd’s Archive
Two new additions to Mabel Todd’s Archive are now available for viewing by TBI Archive subscribers.
Recently, we were astounded to discover that Mabel Todd was an inventor! Todd’s patent application for Apparatus for Practicing Orthopedia was filed in 1925. During that period she was collaborating with several orthopedists in the Boston area. Todd developed her orthopedic apparatus as an alternative to the back braces that were frequently prescribed at the time.
We also added a newly discovered article to Todd’s collection entitled Basic Principles Underlying Posture. This article appeared in a 1931 issue of the Journal for Health and Physical Education and was oriented toward the development of training for, “scientific teachers of health.” In describing the necessities of an ideal health education program, Todd supplied a clear and informative summary of her educational practices.
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Registration is Open for TBI 102!
TBI 102: Theory makes use of the history of Mabel Todd’s approach, as presented in TBI 101, as context for the examination of the creation and development of her theory. The course consists of fourteen narrated PowerPoint presentations and two opportunities for discussion. If you have previously enrolled in TBI 101: History, please join the summer offering of TBI 102. The course preview and registration procedures are described on the TBI Education page »
- May 6, 2019 – Application Deadline
- May 13, 2019 – Course Sessions Begin
About Marsha Paludan
Post-modern dance pioneer and somatic educator Marsha Paludan died July 8, 2018 after a long period of ill health. Marsha studied Mabel Todd’s ideas with Barbara Clark, who also cultivated her fascination with developmental movement. Robin Gilmore has composed a lovely tribute to Marsha for TBI News which summarizes her many personal gifts, artistic interests and educational accomplishments. Please use this link to connect to Robin’s essay….