Keeping the body supple an responsive is essential for maintaining good health and well-being. The Alexander technique is one of the best-known and popular systems of movement therapy. It helps to break bad posture habits by bringing the head, neck and spine into a properly balanced alignment. This illustrated pocket guide explains the principles and practice of the Alexander technique, providing an introduction to a system which aids well-being and can help to overcome ailments such as stress and stress-related disorders, as well as neck, back and joint pains.
The Alexander Technique for Musicians is a unique guide for all musicians, providing a practical, informative approach to being a successful and comfortable performer. Perfect as an introduction to the Alexander Technique, or to supplement the reader's lessons, the book looks at daily and last-minute practice, breathing, performance and performance anxiety, teacher–pupil relationships, ensemble skills, and the application of the Alexander Technique to instrumental and vocal work. Complete with diagrams and photographs to aid the learning process, as well as step-by-step procedures and diary entries written by participating students, The Alexander Technique for Musicians gives tried-and-tested advice, drawn from the authors' twenty-plus years of experience working with musicians, providing an essential handbook for musicians seeking the most from themselves and their art.
"Two experienced dance teachers and professionals, one from the world of modern dance and the other from ballet explore the movement system developed by F.M. Alexander in the early 20th century. Alexander Technique is a method that teaches people to move with a greater degree of ease and coordination. The technique is applicable to all people, not just dancers and performers, and involves becoming aware of habitual patterns of movement which interfere with optimal movement efficiency. The expected outcome of learning the Alexander Technique is an increased level of psychomotor coordination, and ease and efficiency of motion in both everyday activities and specific movement practices such as dancing. In this study of the authors incorporate of what is known as the Dart Procedures which the authors believe help illustrate the application of Alexander techniques. Of primary interest to dance educators this book will also be useful to practitioners in music education, dance therapy, Yoga, Pilates, and other bodywork fields. More than 150 photos and an accompanying DVD with film clips illustrate movement examples"--Provided by publisher.
Introduction to the Alexander Technique, part of the brand-new Acting Essentials series, is the first textbook about the Alexander Technique written specially for undergraduates. This eight-week program can be taught over the course of half a semester, a full semester, or dipped into as needed to address students' issues with physicality, movement, breathing, voice and performance habits. The Alexander Technique has been a vital part of training for performers since the early 20th century. It is a core part of the curriculum at most acting conservatories and in many BFA programs. Sometimes considered purely a movement discipline, the Alexander Technique in fact takes into consideration the entire person-mind, body, voice, emotions, and imagination. Introduction to the Alexander Technique addresses the student's self as a whole and is suitable for beginning acting students in any academic setting, including those who take performance classes as an elective. The book also includes more than 150 practical, easy-to-follow exercises that help students reduce tension and improve their alignment, flexibility, and poise. The textbook is supported by a range of online videos demonstrating key exercises described throughout the book.
Moving Toward a More Balanced Expression of the Whole Self
Author: Glen Park
Category: Health & Fitness
The Alexander Technique has long been recognized throughout the world as a powerful method for unlearning unconscious, habitual behavior, alleviating physical and mental stress, and encouraging personal growth and transformation. In The Alexander Technique and Beyond, Glen Park makes it available to us in exciting new ways.In the first part of the book, Glen Park reviews Alexander's basic techniques, how they differentiate between the use and misuse of the physical body. In the second part, she applies these principles to the emotional and spiritual dimensions. She examines the human being in terms of its energy system, surrounded by an aura and organized by the seven chakras. The Alexander Technique and Beyond offers fascinating insights into how we function, with a methodology for allowing change to happen.
Apply the Alexander Technique to Enhance Your Practice, Prevent Injury, and Increase Body Awareness
Author: David Moore
Pubpsher: North Atlantic Books
Category: Health & Fitness
David Moore draws on thirty years of teaching to bring fresh and practical insights into how the Alexander Technique can contribute to a safer and more effective yoga practice. With a wealth of illustrations that support the clear, precise explanations, this book offers comprehensive advice in modifying a yoga practice to take into account the huge variability in individual ranges of movement. Moore includes techniques to accommodate limitations imposed by injuries, structure, body type, strength, and flexibility. Smart Yoga offers an explanation of the Alexander Technique’s approach to posture and movement, suggestions for altering faulty breathing patterns, and information about how Hatha Yoga, Patanjali, and Buddhist insight practices relate to the Alexander Technique.
The Alexander Technique Manual explains how to reduce stress levels to achieve a happier and more fulfilling lifestyle and reveals how Alexander made his unique discoveries. Simple step-by-step instructions aided by specially commissioned color photographs will enhance your understanding of the underlying principles of the technique. Special sections covering a wide range of sports as well as pregnancy and childbirth make this simple yet comprehensive book a must for anyone wishing to improve their lifestyle.