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Fitness Without Stress: A Guide to the Alexander Technique [Paperback]

Robert M. Rickover
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Metamorphous Pr (Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555520375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555520373
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available on the Alexander Technique 19 May 1999
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This book cuts through a lot of the excess verbiage found in most other Alexander Technique books and explains the principles in everyday language.
I've found that having lessons in the Alexander Technique made a very big difference in my life, particularly my ability to continue taking long country walks well into my 70s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best short introduction I've read. 24 April 2000
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I count myself extremely fortunate to have been given a copy of this book by a friend late last year. I had read a few other books about the Alexander Technique, but this one got me to actually phone a local teacher and take a series of 15 lessons. The severe shoulder, wrist and neck pains I'd been experiencing for years are now almost all gone - those lessons I count as the best investment I ever made in my own well-being.
If you have chronic aches and pains, by all means investigate this method. Fitness Without Stress will tell you all you need to get started. I'm about to buy a couple of copies for my older children who I think could benefit from this method.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an excellent introduction. 12 Mar 1998
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I had heard about the Alexander Technique and its benefits from several colleagues, but couldn't for the life of me understand what it was all about. I'd also read a couple of articles but was still mystified. Them someone suggested I read "Fitness Without Stress" and I finally began to understandwhat the Alexander Technique was all about.The book is clearly written and begins in a way that makes a lot of sense to me - by comparing and contrasting the approach of the Alexander Technique to that of most fitness programs in vogue today.Another thing I liked about the book was the inclusion of several personal accounts. The book also provides information on where to go if you want to take a lesson or a workshop, or if you want to read more in depth about the Technique.This is a great "first read" about the Alexander Technique. Be forwarned though: it is not a do-it-yourself book. (In my experience with the Alexander Technique teaching process, which began after I read the book some five years ago, you really do need the help of a skilled teacher to get started in most cases.)
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the Alexander Technique. 25 Sep 1999
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This is the book to read first if you don't know anything about F.M. Alexander and the Alexander Technique. And if you DO know something of the Technique, it's a great book to give to friends or relatives who are curious about it. My 85 year-old grandmother read it and said, "That's the first time I understood why you're taking lessons." (That after almost a year of trying to explain it to her myself!)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a wonderful introduction to the subject 23 Aug 1999
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The Alexander Technique had made an amazing difference in the lives of my wife and myself. My wife suffered from severe backpain for over 20 years and after a few months of lessons, they've pretty much all gone. My own neck and shoulder discomfort took a little longer, but it too is largely a thing of the past.One of the things that impresses me most about the Alexander Technique is it's simplicity and down-to-earth practicality. Rickover's book is, I believe, the best place to find out about it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Alexander Technique book available. 15 Feb 1999
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This is the one book about the Alexander Technique that made sense to me and convinced me to have lessons. I had back and neck problems that my doctor was unable to help me with, except with painkillers that just covered up the problem. I had read a couple of other books about the Technique, but they just didn't make sense to me. Rickover's book is written in a no-nonsense style that showed me that the Technique is really a very practical process that I could learn to use for my own benefit. I'm happy to say I'm now almost completely pain-free and never have to resort to pain killers anymore!
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