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A Shiatsu teacher's enthusiatic view
on 8 October 2009
A number of books attempt to describe what the Alexander Technique (AT) is and why and how it works. Because the method is so subtle (and also because our system gives us sensory spacial feedback that we can't always rely upon) authors on the subject invariably stop short of giving any more than the most basic self-help exercises, or techniques, and advise finding an Alexander Teacher. This Author takes a different approach. By using a number of cleverly interwoven cases, explanations of the way the brain and nervous system operates in terms both of human development, and our day-to-day 'use' of our body-mind, Missy Vinyard manages to explain and give deep insights into the reasons we can't readily correct our own misalignments and body 'mis-use'. She also gives a clear and thorough explanation of how the AT works in both theory and practice, with a lot of material for self-exploration. It's evident that the Author has a deep knowledge and understanding of the way we humans develop, learn and 'operate'. As a teacher of Shiatsu and Qigong I found this book exciting and informative and I'd recommend it to anyone considering embarking on, or engaged in, AT lessons. Also to those in other branches of Complementary Medicine interested in some different perspectives & insights into the way human function and mis-function.