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Choice of Habit (Mouritz 2010 edition)

Poise, free movement and the practical use of the body
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Alexander Technique
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Mouritz 2010 edition
205 x 134 mm.
ISBN 978-0-954352240
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Second edition. 39 illustrations.

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Inspired by the Alexander Technique an experienced headmaster investigated the movement habits of school children and how to improve them.

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Posture is the basis for coordination of mind and body. The seeds of bad posture and ineffecient movement start early in our lives. Since good posture is rarely spontaneous, it has to be developed.
Guided and inspired by the Alexander Technique, Fenton first shows how serious the problem of harmful habits of movement can be, and, second, how teaching in schools can make a significant difference.
Fenton's own comprehensive and original research into the habits of school children and how to improve their use and performance is documented. Among his own research is an examination of 1,000 children, aged between 5 and 18 years. Other research projects into the posture and health of children and of army recruits support his findings.
He reports on two substantial projects in different schools. The aim being to explain the principles of the Alexander Technique by teaching body mechanics in all situations and by developing a group approach which would be preventative as well as re-educational. From this great volume of practical experience Fenton is able to suggest practically tested methods allowing teachers to develop good habits of use and performance in children. These methods include teaching observation, using film and tape recordings, and using homework projects that investigate posture through pictures and descriptions.
Through extensive illustrations and tables Fenton shows how children's movements and posture can be improved through early intervention. His book is a plea for the potential of physical education in schools, for helping children to become aware of the importance of good body mechanics in everyday activities, and, fundamentally, for teaching children that there is a choice of habit.
Foreword by Nyree Dawn Porter.