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Principles of the Alexander Technique

What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you
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Alexander Technique
195 x 130 mm.
ISBN 0722537050 / 978-0722537053
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Second edition published as "Alexander Technique: Do You Want to be Pain Free?"

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An introductory book with a cheerful writing style, describing Alexander teaching lineages.

Mouritz description: 

An introductory book with a cheerful writing style. The chapter on Physiology of Movement explains the Technique in terms of fatigable and non-fatigable muscles. The chapter ‘Teaching Lineages’ provides a biography of W. Carrington, P. Macdonald and M. Barstow plus a description of the teaching style of each lineage. Two chapters describe how to work on oneself in order to make the same discoveries that Alexander did (relying more on feeling than on observation (mirror) though). Basic terms are introduced and explained. (There is an accompanying audiotape). The third edition (2013, labelled as second edition) is revised with new photographs.

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Foreword by Dr David Garlick Since its beginnings in Australia in the 1890s, the Alexander Technique has become renowned as a powerful and effective antidote to the stresses and strains that modern life places upon our bodies. This introductory guide presents readers with a definitive overview of the Alexander technique which teaches us how to co-ordinate mind and body effectively so that our thinking is clarified and our movements become naturally lighter. Encompassing everything from teaching lineages to how the method works to how to find a practitioner, the book provides all the key information on the topic. It also includes a chapter on how to practise the technique at home as well as a useful resources section. Written in an engaging style and full of illustrations and photographs that demonstrate the technique, this book will be of interest to anyone considering options for treatment, as well as anyone wanting to know more about the Alexander Technique.