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.