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The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise

Genevieve Stebbins

Stebbins, Genevieve, Dynamic Breathing and Harmonic Gymnastics, New York: Edgar S. Werner, 1893.

Definition Objective

The necessary training will result in the art of being able to always express the true self; to elevate the soul to its highest aspiration & the mind to express its highest possible plane of thought; and to concentrate the whole vital energy at a moment’s notice to any portion of the body for the immediate execution of the behests of will.
Growth and increase of muscular strength, during the manifestation of muscular energy, nutritive changes occur that inure to the special advantage of the tissues through which the flow of energy is transmitted.

Stebbins, p. 70, 73-4.
Frequency Type / Mode 

Harmonic gymnastics — gymnastic exercise with rhythmic harmony in every motion, should be accompanied with suitable music to aid the imagination.
The instep balance, rotating foot, waist & head, crank arm motion, vibrating leg, arm & head, waist twist, shaking leg, dervish exercise, angular arm-exercise, head twist, swinging leg, trunk oscillation, flying arm, oblique head, leg stretch, trunk-vibration, circular arm-motion, head nodding, abdominal tension, side-tension, leg-suspension, trunk-raising, hip-exercise, abdominal sway, side-sway, general exercise, indian clubs, dumb-bells, & skipping-ropes.

Stebbins, p.73, 123-133.
Duration Time of Day  Intensity

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