Change Your Posture, Change Your Life: How the Power of the Alexander Technique Can Combat Back Pain, Tension and Stress

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Change Your Posture, Change Your Life analyses the origin and development of the Alexander Technique, how it works and what are its benefits. In chapters ranging from 'The Secret Key to Good Posture' and 'The Hidden Obstacle to Improving Posture' to 'Your Inner Acrobat' and 'First Steps in Releasing Muscle Tension', Richard Brennan examines every aspect of the technique and how it can benefit everyone, young and old. This book will appeal to the many millions of parents and teachers who are increasingly concerned...

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Overview

Change Your Posture, Change Your Life analyses the origin and development of the Alexander Technique, how it works and what are its benefits. In chapters ranging from 'The Secret Key to Good Posture' and 'The Hidden Obstacle to Improving Posture' to 'Your Inner Acrobat' and 'First Steps in Releasing Muscle Tension', Richard Brennan examines every aspect of the technique and how it can benefit everyone, young and old. This book will appeal to the many millions of parents and teachers who are increasingly concerned about the rapid deterioration of the posture of their children, who are frequently hunched over desks and computers, as well as their own posture. It will also be of great value to doctors, consultants and physiotherapists, who already realise that posture is a crucial factor in most healthcare, plus those in physical education (including yoga and pilates), all types of sports and the martial arts. And last but not least, the book will be of priceless value to all those who suffer from a wide range of muscular-skeletal problems, including arthritis, backache and headaches, as well as a whole range of other common ailments.
With more and more people becoming aware of the role that good posture plays in treating ill health, this is the perfect introduction to implementing its benefits into your own life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780280240
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 449,617
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Brennan is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and has studied the Alexander Technique since 1983. He has been teaching it since 1989 and runs a busy practice in Galway, Ireland. He is the director of the internationally recognised Alexander Teacher Training College and was the co-founder and past president of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISSAT). He travels extensively, giving talks and presenting courses on the technique throughout Europe and the USA, and over the last 20 years has been a pioneer in helping to make the technique accessible to many thousands of people. He is the author of four previous books on the Alexander Technique.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Alexander Technique - The Benefits 3

Chapter 2 The Origin of the Technique 19

Chapter 3 The Development of the Technique 19

Chapter 4 How the Alexander Technique Works 36

Chapter 5 Understanding Posture 53

Chapter 6 Posture and Education 64

Chapter 7 The Secret Key to Good Posture 76

Chapter 8 The Effects of Furniture on Posture 85

Chapter 9 The Hidden Obstacle to Improving Posture 100

Chapter 10 Your Inner Acrobat 115

Chapter 11 Inside Yourself 131

Chapter 12 Posture and Shoes 138

Chapter 13 First Steps to Improving Posture 147

Chapter 14 Posture and Breathing 157

Chapter 15 Bringing Your Life Back Into Balance 168

Appendix Randomized controlled trial of Alexander Technique lessons, exercise and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain 177

Understanding the Terminology 179

Resources 180

Further Reading 182

Index 183

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