This is a very short book as the font size is very large and the text is set in double-space lines with large spaces between each paragraph. It contains bland, general instructions like “accept the power of micro-breaks”, “Take a mental journey around your body, paying close attention to each area”, and “Consider your body to be a vessel that gradually fills with a sensation of peace and relaxation”. Most of the text consists of nondescript phrases that are full of buzz words, like “Let us embrace the wisdom of natural alignment, decode the difficulties of improper posture, and harness the transforming potential of Constructive Rest as we travel together to restore and maintain the beautiful balance that is our birthright” (p. 29).
The instructions for “Constructive Rest” (also known as lying-down work or semi-supine in the Alexander Technique) are restricted to how to lie down, to breathe, to let go and to relax. No further instruction is given; nothing about the essentials of the Alexander Technique such as inhibition, direction, primary control, means-whereby, etc. The front cover promises to “restore the body's natural alignment, reducing harmful tension, improving body awareness and feel great in 7 minutes”, but there is nothing about the seven minutes in the book itself. (Note that most teachers of the Technique recommend between 10 and 20 minutes for the lying-down work.)
The reader will be surprised to read that “Consistent use of Constructive Rest has been shown in studies to reduce chronic pain, improve postural alignment, and increase body awareness” (p. 19). No references are given, because none exist. There is scientific evidence for the benefits of learning the Alexander Technique but that relates to having individual lessons in the Technique, which consists of a lot more than Constructive Rest.
Under the headline of “Collaborating with Professionals” it advises the reader to consult physical therapists, chiropractors and wellness coaches for “valuable insights and support in tailoring your Constructive Rest practice” – but not an Alexander Technique teacher! At no point does the book recommend the reader to have lessons in the Technique. It recommends the reader to use constructive rest in yoga and mediation practices.
It contains no pictures, no references, no bibliography, the content pages do not include page numbers, nothing about the author. It is print-on-demand. The front cover picture has got nothing to do with either the Alexander Technique or with constructive rest. Possibly an AI-generated book. The author “Harlan Reid” has published many other “books”; on acupuncture, ayurvedic practices, hatha yoga, Rosen method bodywork treatment, ancient chinese weight loss secrets, angel therapy, bach flower remedy for anxiety and fear, bikram yoga, bioenergetics, etc. etc. All published the same day, 14 September 2023.