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Product details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; 1st Ed. edition (19 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722537379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722537374
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.3 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Owner's Guide to the Body is a fascinating book with stimulation for both mind and body. The author addresses the reader as an equal, and avoids the vacuous, preachy style that many books in this genre seem to adopt. Golten gives the reader real information and the tools and knowledge needed to assess and reshape the immediate environment and your posture and way of moving--by making these sympathetic to the evolved needs of the human body, energy will be increased and stress levels reduced.

Do not be fooled into thinking that this seemingly humble basis means that the effects of Golten's Hellerwork are limited: they are very far-reaching, and the simplicity of carrying out the exercises, day to day, is definitely one of the strengths. Listen to your body, is Golten's assertion, and aches and pains will be positive messages that tell you what your body needs--not necessarily reasons for a visit to the Doctor's for some palliative medicine. This holistic viewpoint encourages you to see yourself as part of what surrounds you, and therefore to consider your health as something affected by everything you do, everywhere you go and how you stand, move, sit and lie.

Once you have read this book, it is very hard to forget, and nearly impossible to discard what you learn; you may indeed find yourself carrying out the recommendations without making a conscious effort. It can be that effortless. Best of all, it encourages you to think for yourself, and gives you the confidence not to simply assume that "experts"--and he includes himself--know more about your body and health than you do--the Owner. Anyone interested in health, or looking for a way to improve their own quality of life, should read this stimulating, enjoyable, elegantly written and well-presented book. --Alison Jardine

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hope for slouches and couch potatoes everywhere
You don't need to be a rocket scientist to read this book. There are loads of fascinating and useless facts, amusing digressions and little thought/action experiments. I wrote this book to communicate what I see as the essential principles underlying the "simple" arts of movement, how to sit, stand and walk more easily, effortlessly and efficiently, but because my greatest fear is boring you, dear reader, I have punctuated the text with little jokes and asides which sneaked in past my editor - The whole thing is wrapped up in a broad survey of the greater context of Life, the Universe, gravity and it's opposite; Comedy. My dearest hope is that this book falls into the hands of the young and malleable of spirit, mind and body, thus preventing a lot of work in the future trying to put right the results of the poor habits that may develop without this vital information

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As one of Roger's hellerwork clients I must admit a certain degree of bias, and I was already convinced that he knew what he was talking about. I ordered the book as I hoped it would suggest ways in which I could maintain the benefits from hellerwork. I was however very pleasantly surprised as to how readable it was - I started reading it on the tube and nearly missed my stop! And my fellow passengers probably thought me very strange for smiling and chuckling over a work of non-fiction! Roger has successfully found a balance between the light hearted and the serious - the humour and the trivia keep your attention, and the information and sound advice make you think. And whats more when you do think about it, everything he says makes sense - it will make you see the way you do things in a whole new light.
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The first thing which attracted me to Roger Golten's book was the title "The owner's guide to the body".. both witty and no-nonsense. In fact the entire book held the promise of the title... it is a very unusual mix of the philosophical and quirky (with quotes ranging from Newton to the musical Hair), with a good dose of common sense thrown in (such as advice on what percentage of your body weight you can safely carry).
Refreshingly, unlike many other self-help or wellness books, "The owner's guide to the body" does not promise to change your life. Roger Golten just gently takes you by the hand, and steps you through the basics we all take for granted (walking, sitting, lifting, standing). For each of these activities, he explains how making even small changes can really improve your vitality and energy.
Unlike many American examples of mind, body & spirit literature, Roger Golten never talks down to you the reader, or simply asserts his points by repeating them over and over. Instead, he bases each of his points on a historical and/or scientific explanation of the why's and wherefores. For example, he outlines the structure of the breathing apparatus, or the historical origins of shoes with heels.
This approach makes Roger Golten eminently persuasive: for instance, while every woman's magazine preaches the importance of drinking water, it was Roger Golten's detailed explanation of the physiological importance of water and hydraulics for our flexibility which got me going up to the water cooler much more often.

"The owner's guide to the body" effortlessly spans many different disciplines and practices: Gestalt, Hellerwork,Alexander technique, Rolfing, Pilates, Yoga and Meditation, to name but a few.
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The first thing which attracted me to Roger Golten's book was the title "The owner's guide to the body".. both witty and no-nonsense. In fact the entire book held the promise of the title... it is a very unusual mix of the philosophical and quirky (with quotes ranging from Newton to the musical Hair), with a good dose of common sense thrown in (such as advice on what percentage of your body weight you can safely carry). Refreshingly, unlike many other self-help or wellness books, "The owner's guide to the body" does not promise to change your life.
Roger Golten just gently takes you by the hand, and steps you through the basics we all take for granted (walking, sitting, lifting, standing). For each of these activities, he explains how making small changes can improve your vitality and energy.
Unlike many American examples of mind, body & spirit literature, Roger Golten never talks down to you the reader, or simply asserts his points by repeating them over and over. Instead, he bases each of his points on a historical and/or scientific explanation of the why's and wherefores. For example, he outlines the structure of the breathing apparatus, or the historical origins of shoes with heels. This approach makes Roger Golten eminently persuasive: for instance, while every woman's magazine preaches the importance of drinking water, it was Roger Golten's detailed explanation of the physiological importance of water and hydraulics for our flexibility which got me going up to the water cooler much more often.

"The owner's guide to the body" effortlessly spans many different disciplines and practices: Gestalt, Hellerwork,Alexander technique, Rolfing, Pilates, Yoga and Meditation, to name but a few.
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I have not had time to read it yet ,but it looks very interesting .I have already bought the MAGIC TOOTH BRUSH,and wanted to learn more .
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HASH(0x9f2b49a4) out of 5 stars I never knew squatting was so much fun! 23 May 2000
By Kevin M Troiano - Published on Amazon.com
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Be prepared to laugh and learn and, if you're adventurous, to fall off the toilet. The Owner's Guide to the Body is an informative and delightfully easy read authored by the UK's leading Hellerwork practitioner. Mr. Golten addresses all of the most frequently overlooked fundamentals of living: breathing, standing up, sitting down, and, my personal favorite, squatting. In the book he describes how sitting is really just an interrupted squat. He then proceeds to explain how beneficial squatting can be for your lower back and for elimination. Beg pardon? Yes, Roger squats on the toilet. I've been practicing it for a while now and though the dismount can be an interesting challenge at times, I've found the whole elimination experience to be a much more natural and thorough one (not to mention less time consuming). But even if you're not prepared to squat, the book is full of fantastic (and less acrobatic) ideas. One that I like is "pushing down to go up". When you are seated simply lean forward until all the weight is on your legs (partcularly your thighs) and then feel the weight go through your feet by pushing down into the ground. This is particularly beneficial for those with low back pain since it shifts the work to the large leg muscles which are best designed to do the job. Mr. Golten is very enthusiastic and knowledgable. In a time of intense specialization (and even more intense back aches), it's nice to see someone getting back to the basics of living. Happy reading!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2c1c48) out of 5 stars Highly informative, yet as readable as a good novel. 23 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As one of Roger's hellerwork clients I must admit a certain degree of bias, and I was already convinced that he knew what he was talking about. I ordered the book as soon as it was published in the UK as I hoped it would suggest ways in which I could maintain the benefits from hellerwork. I was however very pleasantly surprised as to how readable it was - I started reading it on the train and nearly missed my stop! And my fellow passengers probably thought me very strange for smiling and chuckling over a work of non-fiction! Roger has successfully found a balance between the light hearted and the serious - the humour and the trivia keep your attention, and the information and sound advice make you think. And whats more when you do think about it, everything he says makes sense - it will make you see the way you do things in a whole new light.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2c6a38) out of 5 stars Great book 22 Nov. 2014
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Great book. Hope to learn a lot
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