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Back In Balance

Use the Alexander Technique to Combat Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

This practical life-changing book offers simple awareness exercises to alleviate neck and back pain and suggests effective ways to avoid suffering by making small lifestyle changes.

Back pain has now reached epidemic proportions with millions of people across the globe experiencing severe muscular pain – in fact, over 4 million people input 'lower back pain' into Google every month. Many are suffering unnecessarily, as the root cause of their pain stems primarily from poor postural habits while performing everyday actions. But help is at hand with Back in Balance, an easy-to-understand practical book designed to help readers discover the cause of their own individual back problem and offer them an effective and lasting solution to their suffering. This essential guide draws on many of the principles of the Alexander Technique, a practical way of releasing muscular tension throughout the body.

  • Easy-to-read text complemented by fact panels, tips and quick-reference summaries
  • Illustrated with explanatory photographs
  • Essential reading for back-pain sufferers, doctors, physiotherapists and those involved with complementary therapies

Helping you to discover how your posture and movements may be having a detrimental effect on your health, this guide offers simple but effective ways of reducing muscular tension and stress on the bones and joints – and making your life pain free.


"I have just finished reading Back in Balance and found it clarified many things about the technique. I have been interested in Alexander Technique for a number of years and have read a very random selection of books in an attempt to understand what it is about. Back in Balance is so clear and easy to read. I wish it had been the first AT book I had come across! Of all the AT books in my library it will be the one I recommend to people who are interested, even if they don't suffer from back pain."
- Margi Maxwell, Northern Ireland

An online review of Back in Balance by Sarah Morgan, author of the Surviving Back Pain blog, is available here →


Watkins Publishing (15 July 2013)


  • Foreword by Dr Nick Mann MD
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Back Pain: The Modern Epidemic
  • Chapter 2 Understanding the Alexander Technique
  • Chapter 3 Are You Sitting Comfortably?
  • Chapter 4 Improving Posture
  • Chapter 5 The Power of Habit
  • Chapter 6 Faulty Sensory Awareness
  • Chapter 7 Pausing Before Action
  • Chapter 8 Directions
  • Chapter 9 Give Your Back a Rest
  • Chapter 10 Thinking in Activity
  • Chapter 11 Psycho-Physical Unity
  • Chapter 12 The Alexander Technique and the Medical World
  • Chapter 13 The Alexander Experience
  • Chapter 14 The Power of the Alexander Technique
  • Resources
  • Index

178 pages. Black and white photos and line drawings

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