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Setsuko Tsuchiya

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First, am a competition ballroom/Latin dancer, so things about the body particularly interest me. Second, I'm a medical massage therapist, so I was aware of anatomy and physiology, and how bodywork affected the mind. I discovered Wilhelm Reich during my undergraduate studies at Thomas Edison State University and read everything by him and his colleagues I could get my hands on. While Sigmund Freud has been more influential in the realm of psychological therapies, I thought Dr. Reich's ideas about the body being the source of the mind's thoughts (rather than vice versa by Freud) interesting. My book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) explores this in depth. 

In the book, I start with dancing, from social to olympic, then the various CAM therapies, always looking to find physical commonalities, for example, the importance of human touch, posture and breathing. 

Setsuko Tsuchiya
Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
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IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya  - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"Ancient Greece's] most important contribution, I think, is the introduction of the idea of rhythm as a method of healing….

"Of the 'rhythms,' one that constantly appears central to both dancing massage is breathing. The ancient Greeks held that the psyche—that which animates the body—is in fact the breath."

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Originally from Japan, Setsuko Tsuchiya traveled to the USA and earned a BA in Liberal Arts in Dance from Thomas Edison University while studying medical massage therapy at Hawaii College of Health Sciences.  After becoming a licensed medical massage therapist, she began wondering if there might be a truly fundamental commonality among the burgeoning number of somatic therapies, one independent of language and applicable to most cultures.

"My search for somatic therapy began with competitive DanceSport, and took me back in time to the ancient Greeks," said Tsuchiya. "There I learned about eurythmy and followed it through to the present, in the process exploring every form of 'body' therapy I could locate. The result was a set of fundamental movements that provide a new, working definition of somatic therapy."

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (2017)
by Setsuko Tsuchiya
218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/in-search-of-somatic-therapy

Also available from 

     Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247231), 

     Savant Bookstore Honolulu (http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com), and

both fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. 

This work is distributed by Savant Distribution (http://www.savantdistribution.com) but is also available at a lesser discount from major distributors including Ingram. 

Setsuko Tsuchiya MAT FAAIM
    Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
    Author website at http://setsukotsuchiya.com

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Tell us more about the ancient Greeks and somatic therapy, if you please. 
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The ancient Greeks, beginning with Pythagoras, were quite interested in the human body, thinking it represented the epitome of creation. As such, many people studied the human body from different perspectives, including rhythm (musicality), dance, healing even the soul which they called the psyche (the forerunner of psychology). I found Pythagoras' ideas of the music of the spheres, and the various healing harmonies quite intriguing. I spent considerable time trying to reconstruct what Greek music might have sounded like back then, only to discover that they were creating and presenting new rhythms constantly. They even danced in war (Pyrrhic dances). Somatic therapy (with the emphasis on somatic rather than talk therapy) owes its existence to the ancients. 
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Do you use any of the precepts of somatic therapy as you envision it when competing in ballroom or Latin dance? 
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Absolutely. I begin before getting on the competition floor with breathing. I practice strong posture and pay strict attention to my partner's body movements. I use all of my body when dancing, and avoid remaining in my mind. My partner and I even stroke each other lightly  before and after competing. In my book, I recommend partner dancing as a preventive form of somatic therapy for health and longevity. 
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IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"Somatic therapists, beginning with Wihelm Reich, would… include DMT[Dance Movement Therapy] and, massage therapy Rolfing acupressure, acupuncture and Reiki, which have basic, fundamental tools, techniques, approaches and resources. The big question is exactly what they have in common that would further define somatic therapy per se…As such, all…can be expected to have basic, fundamental 'movements' in common that are  part of somatic therapy's tools, techniques, approaches and resources that further uniquely define it."

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About this Book:

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) encapsulates the basic fundamental elements underlying dance, eurhymy and the laying on of hands—what I like to call “somatic therapy.” By that, I mean what can happen when humans come into contact with other living things. But it’s more than the somatic experience. It’s about the power to not just heal, but prevent illness and disease in a manner that’s both ancient and new. 

It is my hope that readers will come away with a new perspective on the power of touch and the universal body language that it creates. In today’s world of specialization, I think of somatic therapy as a unifying discipline in which everyone can participate, enjoy and receive benefit. Young or old, active or infirm, irrespective of language and culture, bodies share a group of fundamental characteristics, and these ultimately define somatic therapy. 

Somatic therapy, as I envision it, is the consequence of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s earliest investigations into healing the mind by healing the body, rather than attempting, as his mentor and colleague, Dr. Sigmund Freud did, to heal the body by healing the mind. 

I hope you will enjoy journeying with me back in time and forward into the future IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY. 

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About the Author:

As an amateur DanceSport (ballroom/Latin dance) athlete and competitor as well as a medical massage therapist, I often felt a deep but unspoken connection between the two. During my university studies, I had the opportunity to further explore this connection. Thus began my search for somatic therapy. 

At first, I thought that what dance and massage had in common was Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), a recognized form of psychological therapy. But being Japanese, I wanted something that was less language dependent and more body-based. I ultimately wanted to share what I discovered not only with English-speaking people, but Japanese speakers as well. It was this unique combination of wants that led me slowly away from DMT towards somatic therapy with the emphasis on the somatic or body rather than traditional psychological talk therapy. 

I never thought of myself as an author; however, I found myself writing everything down, and eventually decided to organize and record it all in the form of a master’s thesis. That quickly led to my wanting to share what I’d discovered with a broader audience. I was so pleased when Savant Books and Publications agreed to publish my work. 

In the future, I hope to travel, sharing what I’ve learned IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017). 

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (2017)
by Setsuko Tsuchiya
218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from the publisher at

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/in-search-of-somatic-therapy

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Setsuko Tsuchiya
    Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
    Press release at https://www.prlog.org/12625245-savant-books-releases-setsuko-tsuchyas-new-book-in-search-of-somatic-therapy.html

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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

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As the plane began to descend from cruising altitude on approach to Honolulu, its sole occupant listened, aghast at what was being reported by the Russian military scientists through the Russian interpreter. There would be a flurry of Russian, only a little of which she could understand, then a crusty pause followed by the slow, almost mechanical voice of the military linguistic interpreter. 

"Maybe ten years ago…yes, ten years…the Russian military…tasked a secret…'think tank' I think you would call it…to theorize a weapon that could…destroy a nation's infrastructure…without harming it's basic resources, including its people. Over."

"A 'weapon'? Over." she asked of the disembodied voice on the other end of the crackling but secure line.

"I'm sorry. Exact translation is difficult. Perhaps 'a solution' or 'an approach'…the idea was to theorize a weapon or solution or approach…that could take the place of nuclear weapons. Mutually Assured Destruction—MAD—was never a solution acceptable to our military leaders. Over." 

"And they came up with…?" she probed. 

"They came up with…the kvantovaya mashina smerti…the 'Quantum Death Machine'…which our researchers here believe is…being deployed against the United States of America."

About this Book:

It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, the pursuit of which seems destined to end in certain death, all while holding desperately onto to their budding feelings for each other. 

In the process, meet Thomas Steward, their handler and ostensible leader of the ultra- secret Cerebrus organization, as he returns to the field in a last swan song. And Kate Keenan, an old flame of Falk's, willing to fight Koski for his love and affection. And Alexei Korov, the affable captain of the Russian Yassin-class fast-attack submarine Severodvinsk, who finds himself center-stage in what might very well be the next and final nuclear war, as well as a host of other larger-as-life characters from what ultimately proves to be Koski and Falk's past, present and future. 

About the Authors:

A. G. Hayes

I was searching for a Koski and Falk adventure in-between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016), while blue-sky chatting with Raymond Gaynor, author of the Tripler and Clark series politico-techno-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), suddenly, in a synchronous "ah-ha" moment, we came up with the plot for QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). 

The work emerged in its entirety over the next couple months, with Koski and Falk naturally assuming positions as key protagonists, and my new protagonist, Kate Keenan of FINDING KATE fame in an unusual half-antagonist/half-protagonist role. In QUANTUM DEATH the duo becomes a trio, at the least in the sense of a tense romantic triangle and at the worst a doomed ménage à trois, the outcome of which will ultimately determine the course of Koski and Falk's growing relationship. 

The work surrounds the existence of the enigmatic and elusive kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, an imaginary device based on research Raymond and I did surrounding M-Superstring Theory and Quantum Science. 

QUANTUM DEATH is a perfect segue into FINDING KATE, which is actually a prequel to QUANTUM DEATH. Love those relationships, don't you?

Raymond Gaynor

It's difficult to point a finger at whose idea both the plot and romance twists were in QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). It seemed like they came about simultaneously and serendipitously for both A. G. Hayes and myself during a series of phone chats about a new Koski and Falk adventure between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016). I had the pleasure of experiencing something like this when William Maltese and I came up with TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013). With William Maltese, it was a directed synergy; with A. G. it was as if the characters spoke to us and told us each what to write. Spiritual, some might call it. 

One of the advantages of being a published author is meeting others, especially those destined for greatness like A. G. Hayes and William Maltese. Writing with them is a thrill I'll never forget. It's one of those life-defining moments. Since QUANTUM DEATH, A. G. and I have continued our lively phone chats. Who knows what other adventures may pop up? In the end, I can only say that it is the authoring journey that defines one, and, if some suitable stories appear along the way, all the better. 

But now it's time to stop talking about QUANTUM DEATH and commend it to you for your reading. I think you'll find within its pages and its twisty plot all the makings of a can't-put-it-down "good read."

QUANTUM DEATH (2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0
Suggested Retail Price $16.95

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from the publisher at

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/quantum-death

Also available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author with A. G. Hayes of
   QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325530

    TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese and Raymond Gaynor
        https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556

 

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Well, our chat is thirty minutes from closing, and no one's post for a free, signed, first-edition copy of A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2011). I love giving away books, so better luck next time everyone. 

If you're a Savant or Aignos author, our chat is an excellent venue to do a free giveaway like this. As we approach the holidays, there will be increasing interest in obtaining books from contests and giveaways, so "go for it!" whether you're an author, avid reader or just need a gift for yourself or someone else. 


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A special heads up:  Savant Bookstore Honolulu will be hosting a Pre-Holiday sale on all books in stock -- that's 25% off the everyday 10% discount for visiting. This offer is only good for visitors to our physical "brick and mortar" bookstore. For more information, location and hours check out

http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com

Drop in. There's always a representative of Savant Books and Publications and Aignos Pubishing there with whom you can talk one-on-one, even pitch a manuscript.
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I'm curious what your plans are for IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) now that it's out.
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To be totally honest, I was concerned about what to do after the book came out. In fact, I've received several invitations to enter the work in regional, national and international book festivals and competitions. There is growing interest in having the book become a course text at several institutions. I've been thinking of extracting and further developing the first part of the work as a separate book about dance. And I'm looking forward to talking on the topic of somatic therapy vs. somatic therapy in USA, Japan and other countries. Publishing my thesis has opened up numerous opportunities for me, so it's up to me now to take the ball and run with it. Thank you Savant Books and Publications!
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Thank you, Setsuko Tsuchiya, for sharing about your new book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) and your new author life. 
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Well, it's getting that time, so anyone who has excerpts to post should post them now

In closing, I'm reminded of the saying, "Many are called but few are chosen." Savant and Aignos were created in 2007 to help writers with outstanding works get published, not through self-publishing or vanity presses, but by a full-service press. At Savant and Aignos, if we accept a work, we don't charge the author, we pay authors royalties. Created by authors, we at Savant and Aignos believe that's the way authoring should be, and a good portion of our association with authors is helping them transition from writers to professional authors. 

For example, we maintain this chat, not just for our own hubris, but give the public a chance to chat directly with our authors and staff, as well as give our authors experience with chatting, an excellent online way to get the word out. I hope you will enjoy our chat and invite your friends, readers, writers and public alike to join us. 

Our next chat will be Saturday, 18 November 2017, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, see

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com/savantchat.php

for more information.

"Always the third Saturday of the month."

Thank you all for a delightful time. I look forward to chatting with you again next month.
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