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Alexander Technique Manual [Hardcover]

Richard Brennan
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6 Jun 1996
The Alexander Technique helps sufferers of back pain and insomnia by releasing muscular tension throughout the body. This step-by-step guide shows how it can be used to reduce stress levels, including special sections on sport, pregnancy and childbirth.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (6 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316874973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316874977
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Brennan has studied the Alexander Technique since 1983 and has been teaching the technique full time since 1989 he travels throughout Europe and US giving talks and courses on the Technique. He has taught the Technique at many educational centres including Galway University, Limerick University, Dartington College of Arts, Middlesex University and in the music Department of DIT, Dublin

Richard has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Examiner, Cosmopolitan, Hello and Home and Country; he has appeared on BBC I & RTE 1 and been featured on BBC Radios 4 & 5 as well as many local Radio around Ireland and the UK. He has also written many articles on the technique for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

He has written five books on the Alexander Technique, which are translated into eight languages including Russian and Hebrew which are on sale world-wide and his first book - The Alexander Workbook has just been undated after have sold more than 100,000 copies. His latest book Change Your Posture - Change Your Life will be available in January 2012

Richard lives in Galway, Ireland where he is the director of the Alexander Teacher Training College, Ireland (STAT and ISATT approved). He has also been the President and Vice- President of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers. (ISATT) and he also guest presenter for the AmSat annual conference in San Fransisco in 2009 and gives workshops at the AT Congress. More information at www.alexander.ie

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practical and informative... Great for newcomers as well as established students of the Technique, the manual is guaranteed to put you in touch with your body and help you rediscover its full potential. (HERE'S HEALTH)

The Alexander Technique is a simple, yet effective way of releasing muscular tension throughout the body. (YOU AND YOUR BABY)

Guaranteed to put you in touch with your body and help you rediscover its full potential...practical and informative. (HERE'S HEALTH MAGAZINE)

I can vouch for the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique...THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE MANUAL offers a clear, step-by-step introduction to the technique. (YOU MAGAZINE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


'What lifts The Alexander Technique Manual way out of the ruck of other self-help books is the exceptionally good colour photography - including multi-exposure ones to express movement. It is a pleasure to look at and amply justifies the big format, making the book both attractive and remarkably good value.' Books Ireland This book is illustrated with tons of glorious full-colour step-by-step photographs on nearly every page. Each one successfully communicating the subtle movements visually, which means the reader can actually understand how the technique works. This manual is guaranteed to put you in touch will your body and help you to discover its full potential." Here's Health --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Alexander Technique Manual 5 Dec 2009
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Posture is important. Not standing rigidly straight like our mothers told us but natural posture. At first, it sounds a little redundant. Of course, I stand, sit, and walk in a natural way. However, it's amazing the strain we put our bodies through without even recognizing it. After twisting our bodies like pretzels, we then wonder why we have neck, shoulder, or back pain.

The Alexander Technique Manual is a good basic resource that literally shows us how awkwardly the majority of us sit, stand, and walk. The key to making changes is pretty straightforward, beginning with awareness. We can't change what we don't know exists. A few mindful exercises and some minor modifications can really make a difference.

On this one, I do highly suggest seeing a professional trained in The Alexander Technique. He or she will see things that you won't necessarily notice. Still, simply by paying attention to body pain, strain, stiffness, or awkward movements and then making small changes, you can make a world of difference even on your own.
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This book is printed on high quality glossy paper, alas that is all the quality it has. For a book with the title The Alexander Technique Manual I would have expected lots of information on techniques, instead the reader is bombarded with suggestion to go and see an Alexander Technique teacher - perhaps the book should be called "Sales brochure" instead of manual. Although the author puts forward a few ideas for posture, they are very sparse and constantly refer to how a teacher would show you rather than instruction on 'how to'. When you finish reading the book, you are left with a feeling of why did I buy it? As the author himself states "the experience of the Alexander Technique can never be described in a book or conveyed by speech." pity that isn't printed on the cover, it would have saved me the money for my first lesson with a teacher. The Alexander Technique is no doubt a marvellous aid to sufferers of back and joint problems and reducing stresses in the body, but this sort of expensive book does nothing to further the cause. The info in this book could have easily been printed in B&W on far lower quality paper with a much lower price tag, and not lost anything as a result....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 18 Feb 2010
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A very good book. Easy to understand with excellent pictures for guidance.

I'm learning Alexander Technique and have shown this book to my teacher.
She's looked at it and is getting a copy for herself.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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This is that rare book on the Alexander Technique, one that manages to explain the key principles in clear English. It is an excellent introduction and, in conjunction with lessons from a certified teacher, is sure to bring the reader the very best results from the technique.
If other reviewers bemoan the fact that lessons from a certified teacher are still required, they will have missed the point of the technique. Whilst a book can provide much useful information, nothing can substitute for the experience of a teacher. Teachers qualify after a rigorous 3 year course and it would be unlikely that a single book could ever be a substitute for some lessons. What this book does admirably is to explain what the technique is and how it works and to motivate the reader to take the technique further with one-to-one lessons or group workshops.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good simple guide 27 Jan 2013
By D. Rose
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Although, I've taken some Alexander Techique classes this book has allowed me a little further investigation and provided me with reminders of what I've been learning in the one to one class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Alexandra technique manual 2 Jan 2013
By mercury
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. Good book very easy to read, helpful pictures. Good value for money. good to read before finding a teacher.
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