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Freedom to Change: Development and Science of the Alexander Technique Paperback – May 1997

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mouritz; New edition edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952557479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952557470
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incredibly helpful and detailed work on the development and applications of the Alexander Technique.
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Great book easy to read
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Six or Seven stars, cannot be recommended too highly 17 Nov. 2000
By John Coffin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I wrote this plug for the reading recommendations in Barbara Conable's "How to Learn the Alexander Technique." My recommendation still holds.
To date, the richest and most informative book on the Technique. Jones reviews the history of the Technique, summarizes Alexander's books, gives an account of his own experiences as student, trainee and teacher, and gives a short presentation of the contents of his 31 published experimental papers. Some beginners may find this book a little rich for their blood, but this is the one to take to that desert island; the superb bibliography alone is worth the price of the book. Required reading for serious students and teachers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding -- but best read after having 20+ AT lessons 28 Feb. 2013
By aproductofsociety - Published on
Format: Paperback
Because it entails a fundamental reordering of a person's kinesthetic and behavioral patterns, the Alexander Technique functions only through direct, personal experience. For this reason, the Technique is notoriously difficult to explain in verbal or written terms and books cannot substitute for actual one-on-one lessons with a skilled AT teacher. However, an exceptionally clear and carefully considered written account of the Technique can do much to illuminate an Alexander student's personal experience after a certain number of lessons have been had. For students who have had a goodly number of lessons, this book offers such an account. It is filled with highly useful and provocative material that any serious student of the Technique will want to read and consider carefully.

My one quibble with the book is that Jones becomes overly moralistic when discussing what he sees as the reluctance of the majority of people to acknowledge their own responsibility for their personal problems and their hesitancy to take up the very difficult work of changing themselves. I agree completely with the basic proposition that many people do not wish to undertake the grueling process of seeing themselves fully and admitting that there is much work of a very basic nature to be done. However, this viewpoint could be delivered with less scolding and with a greater recognition that our so-called defects are the very gateways to growth and change. Those of us who take up the challenge of passing through those gateways can recognize themselves compassionately in those who do not...and help them along by modeling growth and change instead of feeling the least bit smug about it.

On a practical note, this book is ridiculously priced on Amazon. You can obtain it (new) for a much more reasonable price by going to the website of the publisher -- Mouritz, located in the United Kingdom.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of the best AlexTech books around 29 Oct. 1999
By Charlie - Published on
Format: Paperback
One the best books on the Alexander Technique, including a good biography of FM Alexander. Also read Body Learning by Michael Gelb.
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exceptional method: new books 9 Nov. 2005
By Margaret - Published on
Format: Paperback
this is a great book about an exceptional technique
there is a 2003 printing which can be purchased new
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