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Fitness Without Stress - A Guide to the Alexander Technique Hardcover – 1 Nov 1988

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Metamorphous Press,U.S.; 1st ed. edition (Nov. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943920329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943920320
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A guide to the Alexander Technique. dw 1988 131pp

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This book cuts through a lot of the excess verbiage found in most other Alexander Technique books and explains the principles in everyday language.
I've found that having lessons in the Alexander Technique made a very big difference in my life, particularly my ability to continue taking long country walks well into my 70s.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good for introductory education only 4 Nov. 2001
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Though not (yet) a student of the Alexander Technique, I am a proponent, agreeing with the holistic aspect of the underpinning philosophy and knowing individuals who have been helped by Alexander lessons. But as I read and learn more about it, I encounter a problematic pattern with books on the subject that is true of Fitness Without Stress -- namely an underlying defensiveness as it argues the benefits of the technique. Given the benefits of the Technique yet its lack of broad acceptance in the medical community, the defensive stance is perhaps understandable, but it needn't be proffered: those who come to the Technique with a genuine desire to learn, understand and practice its principles will see a benefit, it seems. Since those picking up books on Alexander's methods will likely be doing so of genuine interest, having exhausted other psychophysical methods available to them, it becomes a case of trying to convince proponents.
Though I fully concede that the benefits of a method like the Alexander Technique can only be gained through direct experience, the subtitle of Rickover's book, "A Guide to the Alexander Technique," will be misleading of this fact for the beginner. A better subtitle would have been "An Introduction to the Alexander Technique," for the book does provide a decent synopsis of the history, applicability and benefits of the method, as well as helpful information on locating a qualified teacher.
The Technique, I concede, is difficult to describe, making the challenge of writing about it a formidable one. By its very nature, the Technique escapes exact description and, because it is necessarily an individualized practice, defies summation in a listing of generally applicable methods.
I bought this book initially hoping for some pointers on making my workouts more efficient and graceful, and for that, was completely disappointed. But I should have known better, given the little I do know about the Technique: a teacher is needed. No tips on incorporating Alexander methods into one's exercise regimen could be usefully described in a book, so in this sense, Rickover has not at all failed. And he does successfully make explicit some important features of the philosophy underlying the Technique: the holistic nature of it, that the body must be considered to act (and manifest pains and motion) as an integrated whole, and that there is a choice between stimulus and response; that, as rational human beings, we can effect changes in our patterns of bodily use.
Rickover has also, commendably, gone to the trouble of inserting a recent update of current addresses for professional societies, as well as his personal contact information. So, all told, not what I was looking for, but certainly what I should have expected, and a good introduction to the Technique for those not yet involved in lessons.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No information about how to perform the A- Technique 1 Aug. 1999
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Offers less information about the A-technique than in available in the public domain (web). Gives NO information about how to -- other than repeatedly saying to go see a teacher.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Information for the totally uninitiated 3 July 2011
By J. D. Cavazos - Published on
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I am self aware of the fact that humans are not just bent over and stiff with pain because they are older.With just my own observations and changes in habits many pains are controlled and I am looking to expand my knowledge as to why the few changes I have made work and what I can add to help my life.

This book mirrors my thoughts but adds nothing to my learning.There is zero chance that I am going to be able to follow the advice to go and live in another city for weeks or if a class was available locally pay to attend two or three time a week one on one classes, although if my lottery comes through that would change.

If you have no concept of how to deal with ordinary "aging" issues buy the book,I am going to check out a DVD and hope for more information.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an excellent introduction. 12 Mar. 1998
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I had heard about the Alexander Technique and its benefits from several colleagues, but couldn't for the life of me understand what it was all about. I'd also read a couple of articles but was still mystified. Them someone suggested I read "Fitness Without Stress" and I finally began to understandwhat the Alexander Technique was all about.The book is clearly written and begins in a way that makes a lot of sense to me - by comparing and contrasting the approach of the Alexander Technique to that of most fitness programs in vogue today.Another thing I liked about the book was the inclusion of several personal accounts. The book also provides information on where to go if you want to take a lesson or a workshop, or if you want to read more in depth about the Technique.This is a great "first read" about the Alexander Technique. Be forwarned though: it is not a do-it-yourself book. (In my experience with the Alexander Technique teaching process, which began after I read the book some five years ago, you really do need the help of a skilled teacher to get started in most cases.)
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best short introduction I've read. 24 April 2000
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I count myself extremely fortunate to have been given a copy of this book by a friend late last year. I had read a few other books about the Alexander Technique, but this one got me to actually phone a local teacher and take a series of 15 lessons. The severe shoulder, wrist and neck pains I'd been experiencing for years are now almost all gone - those lessons I count as the best investment I ever made in my own well-being.
If you have chronic aches and pains, by all means investigate this method. Fitness Without Stress will tell you all you need to get started. I'm about to buy a couple of copies for my older children who I think could benefit from this method.
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