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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (28 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185906163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859061633
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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practical and informative... Great for newcomers as well as established students of the Technique, the manual is guaranteed to put you in touch with your body and help you rediscover its full potential. (HERE'S HEALTH)

The Alexander Technique is a simple, yet effective way of releasing muscular tension throughout the body. (YOU AND YOUR BABY)

Guaranteed to put you in touch with your body and help you rediscover its full potential...practical and informative. (HERE'S HEALTH MAGAZINE)

I can vouch for the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique...THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE MANUAL offers a clear, step-by-step introduction to the technique. (YOU MAGAZINE) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'What lifts The Alexander Technique Manual way out of the ruck of other self-help books is the exceptionally good colour photography - including multi-exposure ones to express movement. It is a pleasure to look at and amply justifies the big format, making the book both attractive and remarkably good value.' Books Ireland This book is illustrated with tons of glorious full-colour step-by-step photographs on nearly every page. Each one successfully communicating the subtle movements visually, which means the reader can actually understand how the technique works. This manual is guaranteed to put you in touch will your body and help you to discover its full potential." Here's Health

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This book is printed on high quality glossy paper, alas that is all the quality it has. For a book with the title The Alexander Technique Manual I would have expected lots of information on techniques, instead the reader is bombarded with suggestion to go and see an Alexander Technique teacher - perhaps the book should be called "Sales brochure" instead of manual. Although the author puts forward a few ideas for posture, they are very sparse and constantly refer to how a teacher would show you rather than instruction on 'how to'. When you finish reading the book, you are left with a feeling of why did I buy it? As the author himself states "the experience of the Alexander Technique can never be described in a book or conveyed by speech." pity that isn't printed on the cover, it would have saved me the money for my first lesson with a teacher. The Alexander Technique is no doubt a marvellous aid to sufferers of back and joint problems and reducing stresses in the body, but this sort of expensive book does nothing to further the cause. The info in this book could have easily been printed in B&W on far lower quality paper with a much lower price tag, and not lost anything as a result....
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Posture is important. Not standing rigidly straight like our mothers told us but natural posture. At first, it sounds a little redundant. Of course, I stand, sit, and walk in a natural way. However, it's amazing the strain we put our bodies through without even recognizing it. After twisting our bodies like pretzels, we then wonder why we have neck, shoulder, or back pain.

The Alexander Technique Manual is a good basic resource that literally shows us how awkwardly the majority of us sit, stand, and walk. The key to making changes is pretty straightforward, beginning with awareness. We can't change what we don't know exists. A few mindful exercises and some minor modifications can really make a difference.

On this one, I do highly suggest seeing a professional trained in The Alexander Technique. He or she will see things that you won't necessarily notice. Still, simply by paying attention to body pain, strain, stiffness, or awkward movements and then making small changes, you can make a world of difference even on your own.
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This is that rare book on the Alexander Technique, one that manages to explain the key principles in clear English. It is an excellent introduction and, in conjunction with lessons from a certified teacher, is sure to bring the reader the very best results from the technique.
If other reviewers bemoan the fact that lessons from a certified teacher are still required, they will have missed the point of the technique. Whilst a book can provide much useful information, nothing can substitute for the experience of a teacher. Teachers qualify after a rigorous 3 year course and it would be unlikely that a single book could ever be a substitute for some lessons. What this book does admirably is to explain what the technique is and how it works and to motivate the reader to take the technique further with one-to-one lessons or group workshops.
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The book is quite interesting with an overview of the Alexander Technique, however there was too much emphasis on various sporting activities, pregnancy and children. I wanted more about how to move, bend and reach when doing normal everyday activities and this did not give it to me.
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Recommended by my AT teacher, this manual is easy to read and has helped me gain a good understanding of the theory behind the AT. Will definitely continue to refer to it between lessons to reinforce what I've learnt from my teacher.
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A very good book. Easy to understand with excellent pictures for guidance.

I'm learning Alexander Technique and have shown this book to my teacher.
She's looked at it and is getting a copy for herself.
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I bought this book to compliment my Alexander lessons as a beginner. It really has been an excellent suppliment. It is attractively presented and written in easy to understand terms covering a huge range of topics relating to everyday life.
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This book is excellent and has been lent out to other friends who suffer with back problems - it tells you everything about lifting carrying and going about your daily business. A must have for people with back probs -
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