The Alexander Technique Workbook: The Complete Guide to Health, Poise and Fitness – Richard Brennan

Description: The Alexander Technique Workbook is a step-by-step guide that has sold over 100,000 copies. An accessible guide; this book instructs then explains the theory behind a series of simple but effective exercises that will produce real results.

Working from home has taken a strain on all of us in many ways; our social life, our mental health and also our postures. Our bodies have had to adapt to ‘the new normal’; makeshift desks at kitchen tables and skipping the commute means many of us don’t meet’s recommended 10,000 steps per day. More than ever, there is an increased demand for easy exercises that can be completed at home.

The Alexander Technique is a simple method, developed at the turn of the century, to improve body movement in order to reduce physical and mental tension. The practical value of learning to use muscles efficiently has helped millions of people to relieve common ailments, grow their confidence and improve their general well-being. This reissue brings this 100-year-old discipline completely up-to-date.

In The Alexander Technique Richard Brennan explains that it is a ‘Very simple yet profound way of becoming more aware of the balance, posture and co-ordination of our bodies as we perform our numerous everyday activities. This subsequently allows us to be more aware of the excessive muscular tension that most of us unknowingly hold within our bodies’

One of the first things we noticed about this book was the clarity of the language, Richard writes in such an accessible style. The whole structure of the book makes it very easy to understand, the photography is clear and helpful and the exercises are well explained.

The comprehensive content consists of the following:
Part 1 : Introducing the Alexander Technique
Part 2 : Understanding the Alexander Technique
Part 3 : How to help yourself

Plus a very useful guide to the terminology, useful websites and further reading.

Within each of the main sections, the content consists of explanations and background to the topic plus exercises supported by photographs or drawings as appropriate.

Richard Brennan emphasises that the workbook is not a substitute for lessons in the Alexander Technique and suggests it should be used as a helpful guide prior to, or in conjunction with actual Alexander Technique lessons.

If you have ever been curious about the Alexander Technique you will find this book absolutely fascinating and particularly helpful in incorporating it into your life. Highly recommended!