Principles of the Alexander Technique: What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Second Edition

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Singing Dragon, Jan 15, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 200 pages
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Since its beginnings in Australia in the 1890s, the Alexander Technique has become renowned as a powerful and effective antidote to the stresses and strains that modern life places upon our bodies. This introductory guide presents readers with a definitive overview of the Alexander technique which teaches us how to co-ordinate mind and body effectively so that our thinking is clarified and our movements become naturally lighter. Encompassing everything from teaching lineages to how the method works to how to find a practitioner, the book provides all the key information on the topic. It also includes a chapter on how to practise the technique at home as well as a useful resources section. Written in an engaging style and full of illustrations and photographs that demonstrate the technique, this book will be of interest to anyone considering options for treatment, as well as anyone wanting to know more about the Alexander Technique.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Acknowledgements
11
Preface to the Second Edition
13
Introduction
21
Alexanders Story
29
Physiology of Movement
55
An Alexander Lesson
75
Teaching Lineages
105
Working with Your Self Alone
131
The Anatomy of Moving
163
Resources
195
About the Author
199
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Jeremy Chance started his training as a teacher in London in 1976. Since that time, he has established himself as an internationally known and respected teacher of Alexander Technique. He has published many papers on the work, has been a featured teacher at several International Congresses of Alexander Technique, and has made innumerable appearances as a speaker in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe, USA and Japan. From 1985 to 2001, Jeremy founded, published and edited DIRECTION, an International Journal on the Alexander Technique which is still in publication. In 2005 he founded his company BodyChance, which now runs the largest Alexander Technique Teacher Education college in the world, with studios in Tokyo and Osaka. Jeremy currently divides his time between Australia, where his two daughters live, and Japan, where BodyChance currently operates.

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