Body, Breath and Being: A New Guide to the Alexander Technique

Body, Breath and Being: A New Guide to the Alexander Technique

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By (author) Carolyn Nicholls

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  • Publisher: D&B Publishing
  • Format: Mixed media product | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 228mm x 10mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Hove
  • ISBN 10: 190446842X
  • ISBN 13: 9781904468424
  • Illustrations note: Full colour photos throughout
  • Sales rank: 73,021

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Developed over a period of 100 years the Alexander Technique has helped people to successfully manage a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, stress, anxiety, ME, and asthma. The Alexander Technique is not a therapy or an exercise program. It is an in-depth study of how human reaction, co-ordination and movement play a part in everything we do. It has enhanced the performance of athletes, actors, singers and musicians. "Body, Breath and Being" explores the Alexander Technique through the experiences of those who have studied it and benefited from it. These include: * A keen amateur sportsman who was 'reborn' after being resigned to a lifetime of pain * A photographer who overcame a debilitating back problem that was interfering with his professional work * A pregnant woman who used the technique to relieve indigestion and handle her changing posture * A musician who managed an asthmatic problem that was affecting her playing. "Body, Breath and Being": Is ideal for both beginner and expert; includes over 100 full colour photographs and diagrams; provides practical experiments in every chapter. This book offers a new view of the way we use our bodies and the consequences not only on our health, but also our approach to life.

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Carolyn Nicholls is one of the UK's leading exponents of the Alexander Technique and has been teaching for over 25 years. She is the founder and Head of Training of The Alexander Technique College in Brighton (UK) and has taught in London, Melbourne (Australia) and Brighton. She presented the F. M. Alexander Memorial lecture in Edinburgh (Scotand), and Wellington (New Zealand).

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"Fantastic, great pictures, a very informative practical book. This goes on our reading list for BA and MA students."Chris Palmer, Head of Voice and Speech at GSA School of Acting and Musical Theatre"I have had Alexander lessons throughout my career, found them invaluable and recommended them to countless other singers. Congratulations to Carolyn Nicholls, who has distilled her many years of teaching into this lucid, down to earth and entertaining book; it will work well for newcomers and devotees alike (singers and normal folk!), whether as introduction to or reminder of this marvellous technique."Dame Emma Kirkby, Soprano"The author has managed successfully to distil many yearsA ' experience teaching and practising the Alexander Technique into this highly readable and well illustrated book. I warmly recommend this accessible volume."Professor Basant K. Puri

Table of contents

Section 1 Body: How we think translates immediately into what we do in our bodies, therefore let us examine how we thinkChapter 1 Our bodies, our selves Chapter 2 Postural Myths and legends Chapter 3 Gravity, gravity, gravity Chapter 4 How can it help me? Looking at back pain, ME and fybromyalgia SECTION 2 Breath: Whilst I have breath in my body.Chapter 5 Breathing; you can help it.Chapter 6 Uninterrupted breath Chapter 7 The Singing Body. Chapter 8 Just Play the Music SECTION 3 BeingChapter 9 Take a seatChapter 10 Feel Free to MoveChapter 11 Training and teachingChapter 12 Mindfulness and Creativity Glossary Unwrapped Index