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The Alexander Technique - Natural Poise for Health

This is a simple to read introduction to the Alexander Technique and was specifically written for those who know little or nothing about the Technique. The book helps to de-mystify the Technique and give a clear and concise account of what the Alexander can do for you and how it can help a variety of ailments including backache, headaches, asthma, high blood pressure, stress and depression.

A simple account Alexander's discovery and how he devised his technique is included as well as a chapter on how to begin helping yourself, what you can expect from an Alexander lesson and how to find a teacher. A valuable, yet inexpensive gift for anyone who could benefit from Alexander lessons yet knows little or nothing about the technique. Illustrated with line drawings.

Topics include:

  • How the Technique came about
  • What to expect from an Alexander lesson
  • How you can help yourself
  • How to find a teacher

Chapter titles include:

  • Introduction
  • What is the Alexander Technique
  • The History of the Alexander Technique
  • What Can the Technique Do For You
  • How Does the Alexander Technique Work
  • Helping Ourselves
  • Practical Exercises
  • Taking it Further
  • Useful Addresses
  • Further Reading

About the new edition

This book was originally published by Element Books (and reprinted with various covers, and by Vega). The new edition, published by the Alexander Technique Centre in 2015, was thoroughly revised and updated throughout in 2013. The useful websites and further reading sections have been updated with new websites and book titles. There are new recommendations in the back pages for chairs, cushions, footwear and desks.


She Magazine

"If aches and pains are the bane of your life, this book is a good starting point for helping to improve your posture."

The London Connection

"I have to admit that I have not been clear about what the Alexander Technique really is, but now, having read this book, I am. It is a book that is obviously written by someone whose primary intention is to set out as clearly and practically as possible the whole origin and meaning of the Technique. There is a very interesting section which tells us how Alexander created the technique in order to overcome personal pain and difficulty and the writer goes on to explain how the admixture of understanding, awareness and technique can work hand in hand to give us a fresh and healing way to experience our bodies. The writer deals with such difficulties as backache, hypertension, migraine, asthma, arthritis, depression, breathing and voice; this is followed by an interesting collection of case histories. The part of the book which explains exactly what the Alexander Technique is, is excellently put together and leads the reader through easily and interestingly towards a clear and uncluttered view of the whole. There are many good illustrations throughout and it is rich in suggestion and advice on the difficulties and habits, which may need to be overcome. Addresses of various societies, colleges and organizations are also given at the end of the book."

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