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The Alexander Technique Workbook: Your Personal Programme for Health, Poise and Fitness (Health workbooks) [Paperback]

Richard Brennan
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books; Reprint. edition (24 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852303468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852303464
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 19 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Brennan has studied the Alexander Technique since 1983 and has been teaching the technique full time since 1989 he travels throughout Europe and US giving talks and courses on the Technique. He has taught the Technique at many educational centres including Galway University, Limerick University, Dartington College of Arts, Middlesex University and in the music Department of DIT, Dublin

Richard has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Examiner, Cosmopolitan, Hello and Home and Country; he has appeared on BBC I & RTE 1 and been featured on BBC Radios 4 & 5 as well as many local Radio around Ireland and the UK. He has also written many articles on the technique for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

He has written five books on the Alexander Technique, which are translated into eight languages including Russian and Hebrew which are on sale world-wide and his first book - The Alexander Workbook has just been undated after have sold more than 100,000 copies. His latest book Change Your Posture - Change Your Life will be available in January 2012

Richard lives in Galway, Ireland where he is the director of the Alexander Teacher Training College, Ireland (STAT and ISATT approved). He has also been the President and Vice- President of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers. (ISATT) and he also guest presenter for the AmSat annual conference in San Fransisco in 2009 and gives workshops at the AT Congress. More information at www.alexander.ie


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Argues that many common ailments stem from stress and incorrect posture, demonstrates the Alexander technique, and suggest simple exercises for improving posture and movement.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Alexander Technique! 8 April 2002
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Format:Paperback
Not having had a course of Alexander Technique lessons myself, I still managed to gain a considerable amount of physical and mental self-awareness through reading this book, helped by a partner of mine who was having regular Alexander sessions at the time. A course of lessons from a qualified practitioner is no doubt necessary to gain the full benefits of the Technique, but many of the ideas and suggestions from this book still remain with me several years after first coming across them. I gained a great deal of help with my posture as a singer and guitarist.
According to F.M. Alexander, "You translate everything, whether physical or mental or spiritual, into muscular tension". The Alexander Technique is a deceptively simple way of becoming more aware of the balance, posture and co-ordination of our bodies as experienced in everyday activities. It begins with basic self-awareness of how we sit, how we stand, how we think, physical and mental habits we have, and so on. From there it may be a case of re-educating ourselves through daily awareness, helped by a number of exercises with particular emphasis on the neck and spine. The aim is to "regain the natural grace and balance of a child".
These simple ideas and exercises (which to some extent are similar to other disciplines such as yoga or meditation) have played an important part in helping me develop and sustain a healthy mind, body and spirit over the years. I recommend them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book 2 Feb 2003
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book as an introduction to the Alexander Technique before I eventually found an introductory class to go to. This is a clear book that explains the technique, and gives you a good awareness of your potential problem areas and the reasons for them. A really good book that guides you in what to expect from the technique. A good starting place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 Jun 2011
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What a fantastic book! I am a performing Arts teacher and this book as been a good resource for learning. The book is easy to follow and provides pictures and diagrams to follow the learning of the technique! A must buy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap in every way! 27 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Just don't bother! A complete waste of your money. I know it is an economical price but the paper quality is dreadful, the print dark and not easy to read. The actual layout of the pages look as if they were done on a very old home publisher computer program. Everything here is freely available on the internet. Pay a bit more and get a better book. If possible look inside them before you buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Alexander Technique! 8 April 2002
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Format:Paperback
Not having had a course of Alexander Technique lessons myself, I still managed to gain a considerable amount of physical and mental self-awareness through reading this book, helped by a partner of mine who was having regular Alexander sessions at the time. A course of lessons from a qualified practitioner is no doubt necessary to gain the full benefits of the Technique, but many of the ideas and suggestions from this book still remain with me several years after first coming across them. They have helped me considerably with my posture as a singer and guitarist.
According to F.M. Alexander, "You translate everything, whether physical or mental or spiritual, into muscular tension". The Alexander Technique is a deceptively simple way of becoming more aware of the balance, posture and co-ordination of our bodies as experienced in everyday activities. It begins with basic self-awareness of how we sit, how we stand, how we think, physical and mental habits we have, and so on. From there it may be a case of re-educating ourselves through daily awareness, helped by a number of exercises with particular emphasis on the neck and spine. The aim is to "regain the natural grace and balance of a child".
These simple ideas and exercises (which to some extent are similar to other disciplines such as yoga or meditation) have played an important part in helping me develop and sustain a healthy mind, body and spirit over the years. I recommend them.
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