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An introduction to the Alexander Technique- Body Learning by Michael Gelb,
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This book gives a good introduction to the Alexander technique with some fairly detailed descriptions. It goes into the history and background of how Alexander followed through on his ideas and made his discoveries. It gives some insights into the author's own revelations and how the techniques helped him in aspects of his own life. I feel that I will need to read it again to get more from the book as there are such a lot of interesting things to learn. It is an ongoing process and has a holistic approach which is quite a difficult concept to put into practice. At the end of the day you have to be a dedicated practitioner and make this technique a way of life to get the maximum benefit from it. The book was recommended to me by my Alexander teacher as being the best book available on the subject, however I have found others which are more enlightening such as "Let your life flow" by Alex Maunder, which I found more inspiring!
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Initial post: 15 Dec 2011 18:40:29 GMT
R. Gregory says:
I agree. I too had the book recommended to me by my teacher, but found it very long winded. Almost deliberately confusing and not clarifying much about the technique. I got bored with it and am looking for another.
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Jeff Kear says:
I don't know about this particular re-print, but ones I've seen in shops do not have the illistrations of the original hardback. The one I have is from 1981 from Aurum Press. It is fully illistrated with wonderful examples of people and animals in motion. This book is one of my most valued books on the subjuct of posture and movement, but without the photografic illistrations it would be a difficult read.
Perhaps your Alexander teacher was unaware the photo's had been deleted from the re-print paperbacks. Terrible shame, such a great book.
PS. The copy with the young girl's face covering the dust cover, is the one to go for.
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