Back in Balance: Use the Alexander Technique to Combat Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

Back in Balance: Use the Alexander Technique to Combat Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

by Richard Brennan

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Overview

According to recent figures, back pain has now reached epidemic proportions with millions of people across the globe experiencing severe muscular pain every year - in fact, over 4 million people now input 'lower back pain' into Google every month. Most are suffering completely unnecessarily, as the root cause of their pain stems primarily from poor postural habits while performing everyday actions. In the last decade alone, the number of people in the UK who have suffered from back pain has risen to nearly 50% of the population. But help is at hand with Back in Balance, an easy-to-understand practical book designed to help readers discover the cause of their own individual back problem and offer them an effective and lasting solution to their suffering. This essential guide draws on many of the principles of the Alexander Technique, a practical way of releasing muscular tension throughout the body.

Helping the reader to discover how their posture and movements may be having a detrimental effect on their health, this guide offers new ways of performing daily activities, with the aim of reducing muscular tension and stress on the bones and joints - and making their lives pain free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780286198
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 06/06/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 868 KB

About the Author

Richard Brennan has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1989. He is the author of 5 books on the subject, including Change Your Posture, Change Your Life (Watkins) - all have been translated into eight languages and are on sale worldwide. Richard has also been featured in many newspapers and magazines and has appeared on BBC1 and RTE1. He travels throughout Europe and the USA giving presentations on the Alexander Technique, as well as being the director of Ireland's only Alexander Teacher Training College.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr Nick Mann MD vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Back Pain: The Modern Epidemic 5

Chapter 2 Understanding the Alexander Technique 16

Chapter 3 Are You Sitting Comfortably? 25

Chapter 4 Improving Posture 38

Chapter 5 The Power of Habit 46

Chapter 6 Faulty Sensory Awareness 59

Chapter 7 Pausing Before Action 68

Chapter 8 Directions 78

Chapter 9 Give Your Back a Rest 91

Chapter 10 Tldnking in Activity 99

Chapter 11 Psycho-Physical Unity 112

Chapter 12 The Alexander Technique and the Medical World 119

Chapter 13 The Alexander Experience 138

Chapter 14 The Power of the Alexander Technique 145

Resources 170

Index 172

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