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Very interesting, intelligent, unusual and remarkably effective
on 26 December 2009
I didn't know what to expect when I first ordered this book. I happened upon it on Amazon while looking for yoga and posture help.
The reason the book has the layout and approach that it does - a lot of text and background information - is because your own clarity and in-depth understanding of the body and how different areas relate to eachother is key to having these exercises work. It can be a very enlightening experience, and as you progress, the exercises and text support eachother to give the reader a fresh and subtly holistic understanding which can really help to get your posture and back into re-learning natural ways of being, the way we are as children before we start to tense up. These exercises though physically executed are largely psychologically based, as is the tension that creates poor posture in the first place.
To get the most from this book you're to explore, play and find what works for you, and then evolve your own routine. If you want a book that gives you basic step by step exercises to strenghten your back then 'Relax your neck liberate your shoulders' might not be right for you. Franklin discusses how just strenghtening areas of the body to pull yourself back into shape can be counter-productive because then we create a kind of paradoxical 'appearance' of relaxation and proper posture in the body; the logical solution is release, and since that is such a psychologically rooted issue this approach makes a lot of sense. I have learned a lot from this very respectable book.