The Posture Workbook: Free Yourself from Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain with the Alexander Technique

The Posture Workbook: Free Yourself from Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain with the Alexander Technique

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By (author) Carolyn Nicholls

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  • Publisher: D&B Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 229mm x 10mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Hove
  • ISBN 10: 1904468799
  • ISBN 13: 9781904468790
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 113,365

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DO you suffer from back or muscle pain DOES the pain interfere with your life DID you know poor posture is at the root of the majority of these problems. Poor posture can interfere with our mobility, breathing, circulation and digestion. It can contribute to overuse injuries to hands, arms and shoulders and it can affect our sense of wellbeing. IS there anything you can do to help yourself? With the help of this book the answer is a resounding - YES! Drawing on her 30 years of experience as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Carolyn Nicholls explains exactly how to eliminate tension throughout your body and improve your habitual patterns of movement. Carolyn Nicholls identifies typical behaviours that can result in unhealthy posture and explains how they can be improved. In The Posture Workbook Carolyn Nicholls identifies 5 key exercises to improve posture, awareness, flexibility and mobility. These '5-A-Day' exercises will teach you how to move more freely and easily and show you how to live your life free from postural pain.

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Carolyn Nicholls is an internationally recognised expert on the Alexander technique and has been teaching people to improve their body use and posture for over 30 years. She is an investigative consultant to a national clinical trial on back pain and runs her own busy practice in Brighton, UK. She is the director of the flagship teacher-training course for Alexander teachers in Brighton and has pioneered many programmes to bring postural awareness to thousands of people both locally and internationally. She is the author of 'Body, Breath & Being: a new guide to the Alexander Technique. She teaches and lectures in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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One of the UK's leading Alexander teachers, Carolyn Nicholls has just written a brilliant book on the Technique: The Posture Workbook (GBP14.99, D&B Publishing). If you want to learn how to apply the Alexander methods to everyday positions (such as driving and computer work), this is a good buy because it has photos showing what to do and what not to do. Helen Sillver, The Ecologist Every singer, musician or actor will have experienced tensions or postural problems at some stage. The Alexander Technique is a successful way of training the body to cope with these strains; and this book is an indispensable 'self-help' addition to the performer's library. Neil Jenkins, International Opera Singer The Posture Workbook presents the Alexander Technique in a fresh and engaging way and is a useful tool for people who just want to learn more about how to modify their posture - and it is also useful for Alexander teachers and their pupils. Hilary King, AT teacher This is a terrific book. It introduces the reader to the concepts and principles of the Alexander Technique in a friendly and interesting way, answering virtually all the questions of the inevitably puzzled new Alexander student. I am happy to recommend it to all of my students, and also to those who are curious and considering lessons in the technique. Thank you Carolyn Nicholls! Ellen Bierhorst, AT Teacher

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DO you suffer from back or muscle painDOES the pain interfere with your life DID you know poor posture is at the root of the majority of these problems. Poor posture can interfere with our mobility, breathing, circulation and digestion. It can contribute to overuse injuries to hands, arms and shoulders and it can affect our sense of wellbeing. IS there anything you can do to help yourself? With the help of this book the answer is a resounding - YES! Drawing on her 30 years of experience as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Carolyn Nicholls explains exactly how to eliminate tension throughout your body and improve your habitual patterns of movement. Carolyn Nicholls identifies typical behaviours that can result in unhealthy posture and explains how they can be improved In The Posture Workbook Carolyn Nicholls identifies 5 key exercises to improve posture, awareness, flexibility and mobility. These '5-A-Day' exercises will teach you how to move more freely and easily and show you how to live your life free from postural pain. Carolyn Nicholls is the founder and Head of Training at the Brighton Alexander Technique College, UK and a national advisor on clinical trials on back pain. Her first book, Body, Breath and Being a new guide to the Alexander Technique is a great critical and commercial success."

Table of contents

SECTION 1 Chapter 1 Redefining Posture Chapter 2 Thought-Posture-Movement Chapter 3 Keys to better posture Chapter 4 Standing and sitting Chapter 5 Posture and Pain Chapter 6 Posture and Breathing Chapter 7 Shoulder, arm, wrist and hand Chapter 8 Posture in Performance Chapter 9 Personal Posture stories Section 2 Chapter 10 Specifically designed Postural exercises including the '5-A-Day' exercises Chapter 11 The Complete Active Rest exercises Chapter 12 Other Exercises for posture and balance