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Alexander Technique (Teach Yourself Books)

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Alexander Technique
199 x 130 mm.
ISBN 0340648198 / 978-0340648193
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Also published by McGraw-Hill (USA).
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Short Description: 
Craze is a contract author; he has written more than 60 books and this is one of them.
Mouritz description: 
The author, after having lessons, became ‘a devotee’ of the Technique and taught introductory classes himself. The Alexander Technique described here is simplified beyond recognition. The main procedure adopted is one of feeling; especially the attempt to ‘feel’ where every body part is, e.g. the author recommends filling out charts for everyday activities which record the position and activity of all body parts. Some misleading notions are 1) non-doing described as non-activity; 2) not end-gaining described as noticing things you havn’t seen before; 3) that in order to ‘correct your alignment’ you physically flatten the back against the wall; 4) that the exercise for ‘achieving primary control’ consists of imagining a string pulling you upwards. Some physiology is wrong. (This description refers to first edition.) Fourth edition quotes STATNews on the back: "Richard Craze's style is refreshing" but leaves out the second part of the sentence: "but sometimes tedious due to repetition of his several attempts at explanations."
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Alexander technique is a complete no-nonsense reference guide to an increasingly popular alternative therapy in which realignment of the spine and body gives relief of stress and an enhanced sense of well-being. This book explores the history of the technique and how it has developed, and includes practical exercises to maximize your understanding.

Richard Craze is a freelance writer specializing in books on alternative health, new age, religion and other esoteric subjects.

  • Introduction
  • A history of the Alexander Technique
  • What is the Alexander Technique?
  • What's it for?
  • Who can benefit from it?
  • How is it done with guidance?
  • How to do it for yourself
  • Practical applications
  • The body explained
  • Taking it further
  • Chapter summary and checklist
  • Index