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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575037202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575037205
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world famous classic by the originator of the Alexander Technique

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F.M. Alexander was an Australian actor who developed the process known as the Alexander Technique.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Turczynski on 30 Dec. 2009
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The book deals greatly with human being as a whole. It will teach people how they function and how they can change their habits. How to stay healthy without physical aches and psychological problems.
Highly recommended !
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By Pen Name on 7 Mar. 2014
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I was told to get this book for my dance degree and its very useful would definitely recommend it, even though it was used it was still in very good condition
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Broken iPod owner on 14 Feb. 2014
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a lot of back pain means I hoped this would set me up right

instead it is the originator's self congratulatory and poorly worded account of his understanding. It doesn't really tell you what to do apart from the idea of aligning yourself with the correct way of being, but that in turn is like telling someone to follow a map - without including the map

disappointing, but part of history
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A guide to directing your life 14 Dec. 2006
By Elias-Axel Pettersson - Published on Amazon.com
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It is important and necessary for an individual to be aware of his/her own body, both physically and mentally. As a musician, I have been even more acute to this phenomenon. I first became aware of the Alexander Technique in 2003 when a friend (a fellow musician) recommended it to me. It is useful both for those with exisiting problems (such as tendonitis) and for those who simply wish to maximize the use of themselves--this inevitably helps music-making. I started taking Alexander Technique lessons and realized the importance of this new way of thinking: new ideas were presented as well as new insights into common occurrences in daily life.

I bought a copy of this book, "The Use of the Self," and would highly recommend it to those familiar with the technique and for those that are simply curious. Though one can always learn more through private lessons, this book is an inexpensive and valuable guide to starting the process of change. I would also recommend Alcantara's book, "Indirect Procedures."
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a genuine classic 14 Aug. 2004
By Arthur S. Gillman - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Alexander's writing style is spectacularly convoluted by today's standards, anyone who patiently reads through this book will come to appreciate what a gem it is! With this work, Alexander presented an explicit technology by which you can gain access to your unconscious processes, and program them effectively. In one of the most important works of the twentieth century, Alexander here opens up the whole field of "learning how to learn", in an unprecedented way.
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Startling Revelations on Human Behavior 28 Jun. 2009
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Here is a work of high subtlety that will startle you with its revelation of what we all do with, and therefore to, ourselves. It is mind-expanding if you want to get to the seat of why we act under compulsion and what we can do about it, practically. Alexander, a man born in a small corner of the earth at the end of the Victoria era, discovered in himself first, and then under realization that his personal experiences had universal reference and application, the principles by which we "use" ourselves in an inseparable neural net of mind-body commands and responses.
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What book did the other reviewers read?.... 14 Nov. 2010
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a doctor of chiropractic who has been interested in learning about alexander technique for some time. I'm on a budget so had to pick what I thought would be the best book (of many) on the subject to teach me the principles of this popular style. Unfortunately, this book was NOT the right pick. I suppose it would be interesting to someone who was curious about Alexander's thought processes which led him to the development of his method. But there is no practical information for a reader to apply the technique (whatever it is...?). Beyond a historical account of Alexander technique, this book offers zero value in my opinion. Disappointed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Alexander's most important book. 10 Feb. 2008
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Get a teacher (AmSAT or STAT certified) and then this book. Read it and study it. Your life will open up.
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