This is an introductory book for anyone interested in what the Alexander Technique can do for them. It’s in its third reprint and is very popular. With over 100 colour photos and illustrations, it will guide you through some new ways of thinking about your body, your balance, your poster and your habits.
Reviews of the book
Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano“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.”
Professor Basant K. Puri.“The author has managed successfully to distil many years’ experience teaching and practising the Alexander Technique into this highly readable and well illustrated book. I warmly recommend this accessible volume.”
Following the success of Body Breath & Being, I have written another book with lots of practical information, experiments to try out and more case stories.
Highly informative, practical and easy to read, 20 Nov 2012
“I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in discovering and applying a proven, practical way of improving their posture. The author has an extremely rare gift of being able to write about a complex topic in a highly accessible way. The use of illustrations and case studies brings the ideas alive in a very engaging manner. The author’s many years of experience shine through as she challenges commonly held beliefs about posture. There is a clear progression through the book, introducing Alexander Technique principles and always relating these to real-life examples. This kept me on board with the theory so that once I got to Section 2 (Postural 5-a-day exercises), I was confident to put the ideas into practice. In my experience, books about the Alexander Technique tend to shy away from suggesting ways of working alone – apart from suggesting lying down. What really sets this book apart is the author’s invitation to start applying Alexander thinking processes to a range of specially designed exercises to improve posture. I’m sure this is going to be one of those books I return to again and again.”
This is a record of the unique work Carolyn did with Dilys Carrington in teaching trainees how to acquire the subtle elastic use of the hands (and the whole body) so prised by those on the receiving hands. It documents a steady approach to this demanding and precise discipline. This work forms the basis of Carolyn’s approach to training Alexander Technique students and she continues to explore the subtleties of it all.
This book is for those who want to know more about the strange practice of Hands on the back of the chair. It’s wonderful for integrating the hands and the whole body- great for those who tap away at computers (that’s you!) or musicians or Alexander teachers.
I have been training teachers for 30 years now. These are some of my favourite talks I have written and read to generations of trainees.