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The Alexander Technique: A Practical Approach to Health, Poise and Fitness (Complete Illustrated Guide) Paperback – 28 Jan 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Element; Ill edition (28 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862042268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862042261
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first learned about the Alexander Technique about 10 years ago and found it helped my chronic shoulder and neck problems and persistent pain. What I discovered was that I was causing my own problems - without being at all aware of it! It was, to say the least, a humbling experience but one I'm very glad to have gone through. My Alexander teacher was very helpful in enabling me to understand what I was doing, and how I could STOP doing it. I capitalize STOP because that's the essence of the Technique as I understand it - stop doing what's harming you. Quite a different approach from most fitness programs which try to get you to DO something different when, in fact, they rarely change your underlying habits.I still take an occasional lesson when I'm in a city where there is a teacher and I would certainly recommend the Technique - and this book - to anyone with a stress-related condition. I would also suggest 2 other books: "Fitness Without Stress" by Rickover and "How to Learn the Alexander Technique" by Conable.
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A very useful book covering the aspects of the Alexander Technique. It is well planned out and gives useful photographs too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the Alexander Technique 13 July 2001
By Claudia Summer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm certified to teach the Technique and gave it up years ago, frustrated with explaining the same thing over and over to the incredulous. Describing the Technique to someone who's never had lessons is like describing chocolate to one who's never tasted it. Their eyes glaze over and they nod politely, but you know they still don't have a clue.
But that all changed when I bought this wonderful book. I hand it to acquaintances, don't say a word, and they beg me to start teaching again. A picture is truly worth a thousand words, and this book has hundreds of excellent color photographs. The text is well organized and nicely written. The book gives a wealth of information on the Technique and its applications to daily life. Not only that, but it's beautifully designed, printed on excellent stock -- a first-rate package and well worth the money. If you're new to the Alexander Technique, this is the book to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! Makes Alexander concepts visible. 6 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book not only has many illustrations of how Alexander principles might look in action, it's a beautiful and well-laid-out book. With all the pictures, I have a better idea of what I might be going toward as I take Alexander lessons. I still think it is true that you cannot learn Alexander technique without a teacher - most of the time I find that the way I think I am moving or standing is not what my body is actually doing - but I still find the pictures and directions give me something to move towards. The illustrations are also useful in trying to explain to others what the Alexander technique is about. I recommend this highly along with Deborah Caplan's "Back Trouble".
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate "How To" Alexander Technique manual 13 Feb. 2013
By Cho Cho San - Published on Amazon.com
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Because I'm a visual person, this book, full of colored illustrations and instructions is concise and easy to follow. It compliments my A.T. lessons and acts as a reminder when I need coaching at home.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 27 May 2016
By E Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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Good explanations and illustrations. Im not wild about the technique but this is a good book if you are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 May 2016
By Adrianna - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these "Complete Illustrated Guide" books - they are so beautiful!
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