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Use Of The Self: Use of the Self (PB) [Paperback]

F.M. Alexander
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1 Nov 2001

Frederick Matthias Alexander was born in Tasmania in 1869. In his twenties, he became a professional reciter of dramatic pieces. After almost completely losing his voice he pioneered a method of improving the ¿use¿ of his body musculature in all positions and movements and cured his vocal problems without medical aid.

Alexander then realised that most people stood, sat and moved in a defective manner and that incorrect ¿use of the self¿ might be the cause of much human suffering. He moved to London and established a school, publishing several books and achieving success, with recommendations from famous contemporaries such as Aldous Huxley and Sir Stafford Cripps. Alexander died in 1955 but his ¿principle¿ lives on through the work of many teachers of his method.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752843915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752843919
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1932, the landmark work by the originator of the Alexander Technique.

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The world famous classic by the originator of the Alexander Technique

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In writing some introductory words to Mr Alexander's previous book, Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual, I stated that his procedure and conclusions meet all the requirements of the strictest scientific method, and that he has applied the method in a field in which it had never been used before - that of our judgments and beliefs concerning ourselves and our activities. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book 22 Dec 2012
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A useful book for getting to grips with the Alexander technique.The book is good for reading in parts and develop your understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding everyone should read it ! 30 Dec 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 April 2014
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This is an essential item for any student of AT. Though difficult to read at times it deals with the subtle aspects of the technique in its finer nuances. It is a book for a lifetime, you will learn something more each time you read it. It is very small but packs a punch. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dance book 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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It was what I expected. Good value for the price and helpful for understanding the complex process by which Alexander developed his Technique
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