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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Fourwinds Pr Llc; 2 edition (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970980965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970980960
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06eb078) out of 5 stars For Students and Teachers Oct. 21 2012
By Claire Rechnitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of short, guided lessons intended to help Alexander Technique students explore the Technique on their own between lessons. Nancy Dawley created the original 2001 edition of this book. Neil and Vivien Schapera join Nancy as co-authors of the 2010, revised and expanded edition.
The book begins with an overview of the purpose and objectives of the Technique and a brief but clear glossary of the common terms used. The book is organized with tabbed sections grouping the exercises to illustrate general topics: Practical Applications, Essential Basics, Core Concepts, and Technical Explorations. The new edition is set out in a sequence that is meant to be revisited as the student's understanding of the principles of Alexander Technique deepens and his/her awareness expands.
Each section includes activities for practicing pausing, noticing, inhibiting, directing, and allowing. Featured activities range from standard Alexander lesson-procedures such as sitting, standing, semi-supine position, monkey, and whispered "ah," to practical activities such as putting on socks or steering your car. Each lesson includes a description and explanation of the activity along with points to keep in mind and suggestions for bringing it into daily life. The focus ranges from exploring kinesthesia and composure to discovering "up" direction and the primary control.
The authors envision the student practicing a lesson for about five minutes, several times per day. They suggest flipping to lessons that catch your attention and revisiting sections guided by curiosity, rather than working cover-to-cover.
The appendix provides basic anatomical information, a short resource directory, and a list of Thoughts for the Day--prompts for practicing the Technique during moments of everyday living. While the book does not include historical or biographical accounts, F. M. Alexander is acknowledged by quotes interspersed throughout the text.
My favorite feature is the recurrent Ask Your Teacher icon in the form of a pointing finger. This icon is meant to encourage students to ask their teacher for guidance regarding complex, unconscious habits and otherwise elusive new experiences. The book does not purport to be a "teach yourself" manual, nor does it insist that "teacher knows best," but instead aims to foster a constructive relationship between student and teacher. It is useful for students who wish to practice between lessons and for teachers who want to empower students to explore on their own and to bring personal insights and pertinent questions to lessons.
In addition to designing the current book, Mary Beth Wilker provided the numerous photos that illustrate each activity. As in the original version, Neil Schapera serves as model for the pictures. I admire his ability to demonstrate "poor use" without looking too comical, as well as his skill in exemplifying "good use." Many of the photographs are annotated with words and/or arrows, and along with the straightforward text, they make this book a useful resource.
The nifty tent-style design of the original spiral-bound version allowed the book to stand up on any flat surface and to be read hands-free, but the new edition may be a beneficial addition to your library even if you already have the previous one; some of the text has been revised, expanded or broken up to finer details, exercises have been added and the overall organization of the content is both methodical and user-friendly. These notable improvements in content and organization more than make up for the re-design as a traditionally bound volume.
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HASH(0xa06eb0cc) out of 5 stars Guided Lessons For Students Of The Alexander Techique March 31 2012
By Cynthia R. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a brilliant book on the AM! I had other books on Alexander and they were not very helpful (tended to just talk about the man and method.) This gives you some "meat" to work with. And some are just easy corrections (like holding the neck.) It is very helpful, gives it to you in a simple easy to understand (and do.) There are Checklists that are so needed! If you are like many, and after going to Dr. and Chyro, and still can't get rid of the pain, try this book... I have it on my Kindle and refer back to it when I "forget" to correct myself (I know because it hurts again.) Soon it will become ingrained...
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0672414) out of 5 stars Delicious Alexander Technique Help! Oct. 9 2010
By ellen o bierhorst - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a marvelous spirit. Although I am an Alexander Technique teacher myself, I read every word and was inspired. I have already sold 4 copies to my students. Highly recommend. Ellen Bierhorst
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0672150) out of 5 stars The Alexander Technique book I've been waiting for! Sept. 21 2010
By KD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is concise, clear and easy to follow. It's a great support tool for my Alexander Technique students to use between lessons to help remember things we have covered. The new format is easy to read and the step-by-step pictures support the simple directions.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06eb384) out of 5 stars Guided Lessons For Students of the Alexander Technique by Nancy Dawley Dec 8 2011
By Marsha E. Cifarelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent, clear to follow support for the Alexander student. Great illustrations.
Helps to create at - home lessons that align the body and mind and allow one to discover a natural ease.

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