Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
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Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

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This new, fully revised and updated edition confirms Body Learning's status as the classic work on the Alexander Technique for maintaining the health and efficiency of the body.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 15th 1996 by Holt Paperbacks (first published August 1st 1987)
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We hold our life's history in our bodies. Physical trauma, stress, bad habits all contribute to our posture, breathing, and ultimately our well-being. This book is a fine introduction to the Alexander Technique, a process of understanding the impact of that history and how to bring balance and alignment back into the body. Not a book just for dancers, but for anyone who wants to better inhabit their body.
Just starting my first class in Alexander Technique, so can't profess to know how thorough or insightful Gelb's book is, but it's answered a lot of questions about where the Technique came from, what it is, and (perhaps most importantly) what it is not. Intriguing anecdotes and some inspiring possibilities arise throughout. Excited to see what I might discover of myself through class this fall.
A great introduction, this book serves to open your mind to the condition you are in. I can fully understand that one would need Alexander lessons from a trained professional in order to really learn the techniques and the correct Use of their body. This book was great for giving an idea of what the Alexander Technique is, and for simple awareness of one's own body.
Apr 04, 2008 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a good introduction to the Alexander technique, which stresses efficiency of motion and is especially useful for musicians, actors and people with repetitive stress injuries. After reading this book you'll see movement differently.
Good theoretical teachings of the Alexander Technique. To truly learn the technique, I would recommend a trained professional... sometimes it is not really possible to know how to truly repair the posture and body without assistance.
Mark Fallon
Brief intro to the theories of F.M. Alexander, who emphasized importance of controlling the body to unlearn bad habits that harm posture and health.
Best book written about the Alexander Technique. Besides being good, having excellent photographs, the language is very readable.
This is an excellent introduction to Alexander Technique. Very easy read, totally understandable.
Dennis Baker
Good introduction. Must read if you are interested in the Alexander Technique.
A great and accessible intro to the technique. Awesome stuff!
Dry reading, but very helpful in learning about body awareness.
Very basic introduction to the Alexander Technique.
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