The Owner's Guide to the Body
is a fascinating book with stimulation for both mind and body. The author addresses the reader as an equal, and avoids the vacuous, preachy style that many books in this genre seem to adopt. Golten gives the reader real information and the tools and knowledge needed to assess and reshape the immediate environment and your posture and way of moving--by making these sympathetic to the evolved needs of the human body, energy will be increased and stress levels reduced.
Do not be fooled into thinking that this seemingly humble basis means that the effects of Golten's Hellerwork are limited: they are very far-reaching, and the simplicity of carrying out the exercises, day to day, is definitely one of the strengths. Listen to your body, is Golten's assertion, and aches and pains will be positive messages that tell you what your body needs--not necessarily reasons for a visit to the Doctor's for some palliative medicine. This holistic viewpoint encourages you to see yourself as part of what surrounds you, and therefore to consider your health as something affected by everything you do, everywhere you go and how you stand, move, sit and lie.
Once you have read this book, it is very hard to forget, and nearly impossible to discard what you learn; you may indeed find yourself carrying out the recommendations without making a conscious effort. It can be that effortless. Best of all, it encourages you to think for yourself, and gives you the confidence not to simply assume that "experts"--and he includes himself--know more about your body and health than you do--the Owner. Anyone interested in health, or looking for a way to improve their own quality of life, should read this stimulating, enjoyable, elegantly written and well-presented book. --Alison Jardine
From the Author
hope for slouches and couch potatoes everywhere
You don't need to be a rocket scientist to read this book. There are loads of fascinating and useless facts, amusing digressions and little thought/action experiments. I wrote this book to communicate what I see as the essential principles underlying the "simple" arts of movement, how to sit, stand and walk more easily, effortlessly and efficiently, but because my greatest fear is boring you, dear reader, I have punctuated the text with little jokes and asides which sneaked in past my editor - The whole thing is wrapped up in a broad survey of the greater context of Life, the Universe, gravity and it's opposite; Comedy. My dearest hope is that this book falls into the hands of the young and malleable of spirit, mind and body, thus preventing a lot of work in the future trying to put right the results of the poor habits that may develop without this vital information