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The Alexander Technique Workbook

Today people often accept common ailments such as backache, headaches, arthritis, depression and nervous disorders as being normal. We may readily believe the discomfort we suffer is a natural consequence of 'wear and tear', and not realise that we can do something positive about it. In fact many common ailments stem from stress and a range of muscular tensions caused by poor posture or lack of co-ordination - which can increase as we grow older. Rather than being a natural part of the ageing process, these tensions, if unchecked, can accelerate it and can develop into illness and even deformity. In this step-by-step guide Richard Brennan outlines the Alexander Technique and, by a series of simple awareness exercises and procedures, shows how the Technique can help you to achieve a healthier and more balanced life.

Developed at the turn of the last century by FM Alexander, the Alexander Technique is a simple method of learning to be more aware of how we move as we go about our everyday activities. The aim is to regain the natural grace and balance that we had as a child and to discover easier and more efficient ways of moving, thus reducing the everyday tensions which have built up over the years.

This book was designed for those who have had or are having lessons or for those who live in an area where there is no Alexander teacher. It will help you to learn basic Alexander principles, understand the underlying causes of stress, release muscular tension and increase your awareness in a practical way. 160 pages Illustrated with 70 colour photographs and 27 line drawings.

This book will help you to:

  • Increase your awareness
  • Release muscular tension
  • Calm your mind
  • Improve your posture and breathing
  • Understand and get to know yourself better

Chapter titles include:

  • Introduction
  • What is the Alexander Technique?
  • How it Evolved
  • The Benefits of the Alexander Technique
  • Inhibition
  • Directions
  • Faulty Sensory Appreciation
  • Primary Control
  • Goal Orientation
  • The Force of Habit
  • Body, Mind and Emotional Unity
  • Awareness and Observation
  • Give Your Back a Rest
  • Improving Your Breathing Naturally
  • What to Expect in an Alexander Lesson
  • Understanding the Terminology
  • Useful Websites
  • Further Reading
  • References


The Good Book Guide

"This is a book for everyone who has ever caught sight of themselves in a mirror and suddenly straightened their shoulders or pulled in their abdomen. Most of us stand awkwardly, walk badly and sit slouched. Modern society almost teaches us bad posture, starting with sitting for far too long at school, and eventually it causes damage to physical and mental well-being. Most books that I have read about the Alexander Technique are largely theoretical, this one is a truly practical guide with step-by- step exercises to get rid of bad habits and retune your posture and movements to the natural poise and grace of a child. Well written with easy to understand diagrams and illustrations."

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