I bought this updated edition after reading the glowing reviews of the original 1981 edition. It is a truly excellent guide to stretching. It starts with introduction to stretching and the varied reasons why it's good for you. After this it falls into three sections: a set of detailed descriptions of stretching by area of the body; stretching routines for everyday activities; stretching routines for sports.
The routines are the real gem. Clearly designed, and fitting easily onto an A4 photocopy, they refer by page number to the detailed description in the book. After a few runs through, you remember the exact way to do it without the book. I have 'Computer and Desk Stretches' and 'Hands, Arms and Shoulders' pinned up by the desk at work. There's also stretches for kids, stretches for over-60s, stretches for travellers, stretches while watching TV .... this is a really accessible way of giving your body the gentle stretching it needs.
Apart from the clear descriptions and diagrams, the book is also excellent for driving home the message that stretching is all about what *you* as an individual can do, not competitive. It also gives the reasons why you shouldn't be competitive about stretching.
Overall this is a great, clearly written, informative and accessible book for anyone who wants to know a bit more about looking after their body. I loved reading it, and it's very easy to build the exercises that *you* need into a daily routine that suits *you*.