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The Alexander Technique: The Essential Writings of F. Matthias Alexander Paperback – 18 Apr 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press; Subsequent edition (18 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818405066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818405068
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,752,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Several years ago I discovered the Alexander Technique, found a teacher, and got rid of my chronic back pain. The man who dseveloped the Technique, F.M. Alexander, always seemed a mystery to me, particularly after I tried reading his books. This book is an edited version of Alexander's writing that makes them a lot easier to read. It also has a very informative introduction that puts Alexander and his Technique in historical perspective.
I'd suggest this book primarily for people who have some familiarity with the Technique. For a good short introduction I'd get Fitness Without Stress by Robert Rickover.
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Got a hurting back or evil golf or tennis swing you can't get rid of? F.M. Alexander found a way to change bad body use and this book describes what it means and how it was discovered.
No, reading the book won't cure you. You'll need Alexander lessons, but it will tell you what it's all about.
The editor wrote a fine background introduction as well as made an excellent selection from Alexander's books. Just as important, he included three prefaces by John Dewey, the famous educator and philosopher, and also scientific research on the technique.
The technique is more than some body process. It really teaches a Western Zen approach towards all kinds of life problems. Sound strange? Read this book. I'm very grateful I had Alexander lessons and the wisdom it teaches. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the writings of F. M. Alexander 16 July 1998
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Format: Paperback
Several years ago I discovered the Alexander Technique, found a teacher, and got rid of my chronic back pain. The man who dseveloped the Technique, F.M. Alexander, always seemed a mystery to me, particularly after I tried reading his books. This book is an edited version of Alexander's writing that makes them a lot easier to read. It also has a very informative introduction that puts Alexander and his Technique in historical perspective.
I'd suggest this book primarily for people who have some familiarity with the Technique. For a good short introduction I'd get Fitness Without Stress by Robert Rickover.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The cream of 4 books on mind-body integration 17 Aug. 1997
By bohdanh@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Got a hurting back or evil golf or tennis swing you can't get rid of? F.M. Alexander found a way to change bad body use and this book describes what it means and how it was discovered.
No, reading the book won't cure you. You'll need Alexander lessons, but it will tell you what it's all about.
The editor wrote a fine background introduction as well as made an excellent selection from Alexander's books. Just as important, he included three prefaces by John Dewey, the famous educator and philosopher, and also scientific research on the technique.
The technique is more than some body process. It really teaches a Western Zen approach towards all kinds of life problems. Sound strange? Read this book. I'm very grateful I had Alexander lessons and the wisdom it teaches. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 2 Oct. 2013
By Dorita S. Berger - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting concepts and philosophies about movement, body awareness, etc. But requires an instructor to assist with developing new movement strategies.
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and Move NATURALLY. Mind, Body Stuff! 25 July 2016
By Mary I. Oliver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great!!!

A job search Govt worker referred me to this method. Also endorsed by many natural health doctors present to back in the 1800's.

Matthias Alexander cured his voice by discovering how to relax his neck... a specific way.

Got his books printed in fine print and read often. I get the true originals free and am in process of searching Amazon... for the original hardcover.

Any suggestions are welcome. Not sure if this is a original. Might be.
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