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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative, yet as readable as a good novel., 22 April 1999
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This review is from: The Owners Guide to the Body (Paperback)
As one of Roger's hellerwork clients I must admit a certain degree of bias, and I was already convinced that he knew what he was talking about. I ordered the book as I hoped it would suggest ways in which I could maintain the benefits from hellerwork. I was however very pleasantly surprised as to how readable it was - I started reading it on the tube and nearly missed my stop! And my fellow passengers probably thought me very strange for smiling and chuckling over a work of non-fiction! Roger has successfully found a balance between the light hearted and the serious - the humour and the trivia keep your attention, and the information and sound advice make you think. And whats more when you do think about it, everything he says makes sense - it will make you see the way you do things in a whole new light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golten's written an erudite, practical and witty book!, 21 May 2005
This review is from: The Owners Guide to the Body (Paperback)
The first thing which attracted me to Roger Golten's book was the title "The owner's guide to the body".. both witty and no-nonsense. In fact the entire book held the promise of the title... it is a very unusual mix of the philosophical and quirky (with quotes ranging from Newton to the musical Hair), with a good dose of common sense thrown in (such as advice on what percentage of your body weight you can safely carry).
Refreshingly, unlike many other self-help or wellness books, "The owner's guide to the body" does not promise to change your life. Roger Golten just gently takes you by the hand, and steps you through the basics we all take for granted (walking, sitting, lifting, standing). For each of these activities, he explains how making even small changes can really improve your vitality and energy.
Unlike many American examples of mind, body & spirit literature, Roger Golten never talks down to you the reader, or simply asserts his points by repeating them over and over. Instead, he bases each of his points on a historical and/or scientific explanation of the why's and wherefores. For example, he outlines the structure of the breathing apparatus, or the historical origins of shoes with heels.
This approach makes Roger Golten eminently persuasive: for instance, while every woman's magazine preaches the importance of drinking water, it was Roger Golten's detailed explanation of the physiological importance of water and hydraulics for our flexibility which got me going up to the water cooler much more often.

"The owner's guide to the body" effortlessly spans many different disciplines and practices: Gestalt, Hellerwork,Alexander technique, Rolfing, Pilates, Yoga and Meditation, to name but a few. Yet despite its depth of content, at the same time the book manages to be entertaining and simply a good read. My only regret was that some of the exercises outlined at the end of each chapter were not illustrated, which sometimes made it a little hard to follow the instructions in confidence.
My favourite quote in the book came from the founder of Gestalt, Fritz Perls: "Fear is excitement without breath".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golten's written a witty, erudite and practical book, 21 May 2005
This review is from: The Owners Guide to the Body (Paperback)
The first thing which attracted me to Roger Golten's book was the title "The owner's guide to the body".. both witty and no-nonsense. In fact the entire book held the promise of the title... it is a very unusual mix of the philosophical and quirky (with quotes ranging from Newton to the musical Hair), with a good dose of common sense thrown in (such as advice on what percentage of your body weight you can safely carry). Refreshingly, unlike many other self-help or wellness books, "The owner's guide to the body" does not promise to change your life.
Roger Golten just gently takes you by the hand, and steps you through the basics we all take for granted (walking, sitting, lifting, standing). For each of these activities, he explains how making small changes can improve your vitality and energy.
Unlike many American examples of mind, body & spirit literature, Roger Golten never talks down to you the reader, or simply asserts his points by repeating them over and over. Instead, he bases each of his points on a historical and/or scientific explanation of the why's and wherefores. For example, he outlines the structure of the breathing apparatus, or the historical origins of shoes with heels. This approach makes Roger Golten eminently persuasive: for instance, while every woman's magazine preaches the importance of drinking water, it was Roger Golten's detailed explanation of the physiological importance of water and hydraulics for our flexibility which got me going up to the water cooler much more often.

"The owner's guide to the body" effortlessly spans many different disciplines and practices: Gestalt, Hellerwork,Alexander technique, Rolfing, Pilates, Yoga and Meditation, to name but a few. Yet despite the depth of its content, at the same time the book manages to be entertaining and simply a good read. My only regret was that some of the exercises outlined at the end of each chapter were not illustrated, which sometimes made it a little hard to follow the instructions in confidence.
My favourite quote came from the founder of Gestalt, Fritz Perls: "Fear is excitement without breath".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looks Interesting, 6 Feb 2014
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I have not had time to read it yet ,but it looks very interesting .I have already bought the MAGIC TOOTH BRUSH,and wanted to learn more .
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