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This highly effective technique for releasing muscular tension throughout the body teaches new ways of sitting, standing and moving that put less stress on our muscles, bones and joints. This step-by-step illustrated guide shows you how to move with comfort and ease and relieve and prevent common aches and pains, simply by taking control of your posture. By adjusting the way you do things you can avoid putting your body under strain, and achieve a more relaxed muscular system. Let go of tension, and discover a new sense of lightness and well-being in your day-to-day life.
La respiracion es esencial para la vida, pero sabes que tu forma de respirar puede afectar negativamente a tu salud y a tu bienestar? Mala postura, estres, tensiones musculares... factores que pueden dificultar tu respiracion sin que te apercibas siquiera. Respirar no es unicamente una actividad fisica, influye tambien sobre tu estado mental, emocional y espiritual. Como respirar te ensena a recuperar tu ritmo natural de respiracion, lo que influira de forma positiva en tu forma de pensar, sentir y actuar. Este libro, que incorpora tecnicas de respiracion para practicar en casa y explica metodos revolucionarios desarrollados por el fundador de la Tecnica Alexander, puede mejorar tu vida en todos los aspectos. Si eres consciente de como respiras, detectaras los habitos que te perjudican y podras paliar los problemas respiratorios mas comunes. Respiramos mas de 20.000 veces al dia... por que no hacerlo de la manera mas eficiente posible? Sin duda, un libro indispensable; no hay otra forma de decirlo. Descubre nuevamente tu ritmo natural de respiracin y elimina los hbitos perjudiciales. Alivia los problemas respiratorios, mejora tu postura, disminuye el estrs y calma tu mente.
Poor posture, stress, muscular tension... all can make the `effortless' act of breathing very hard work without us realizing. And breathing isn't just a physical activity; it influences our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, too. How To Breathe shows you how to relearn your natural rhythm of breathing to beneficially alter the way you think, feel and act. Packed with practical breathing techniques to use at home, and featuring groundbreaking methods developed by the founder of the Alexander Technique, this book will help you rediscover how to breathe naturally to improve very aspect of your life. By applying consciousness to the action of breathing, you can become aware of harmful habits - and alleviate common breathing problems I the process. We breathe more than 20,000 a day - so why not make sure you do it as efficiently and effectively as possible? Simply put, this is a book you can't afford to be without.
Improved posture has many positive effects on our lives, and this practical book offers techniques that can bring these benefits into everyday life - including reducing the effects of stress and pain on the body and mind.
A hands-on guide for all those who suffer with back, shoulder and neck pain * Easy-to-read text complemented by fact panels, hints and tips and quick-reference summaries * Illustrated throughout with explanatory photographs or line drawings * Essential reading for back pain sufferers, doctors, physiotherapists and those involved with complementary therapies
The Alexander Technique is a simple method of improving posture and body movement in order to reduce the physical and mental tensions that we all accumulate throughout our lives. Developed at the turn of the nineteenth century by F.M. Alexander, this practical system has been used by millions of people to help relieve common ailments such as backache, headache, arthritis, depression, insomnia and stress, and to enhance general health and well-being.
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.
What do John Cleese, Roald Dahl, Aldous Huxley, Paul Newman, George Bernard Shaw, the Duchess of York and Sting all have in common? They have all spoken of the great benefits that they have received from practising the Alexander Technique. But why do people of such varied backgrounds and lifestyles all praise the Technique so highly? What are the benefits that they have gained? I will endeavour to answer these questions at a later stage. Many people today have heard of the Alexander Technique and more and more articles in magazines and newspapers discuss it. 'But what is the Alexander Technique exactly?' I hear many people say. There seems to be an air of mystery surrounding it and this is the very reason why I have written this book. I hope to present the Technique in such a way that it can be understood by anyone, because I feel that it is everyone's right as a human being to understand themselves more fully. The Alexander Technique has far-reaching consequences in our lives, not only on a physical level; it can greatly change our mental and emotional outlook on life.
Change Your Posture, Change Your Life analyses the origin and development of the Alexander Technique, how it works and what are its benefits. In chapters ranging from 'The Secret Key to Good Posture' and 'The Hidden Obstacle to Improving Posture' to 'Your Inner Acrobat' and 'First Steps in Releasing Muscle Tension', Richard Brennan examines every aspect of the technique and how it can benefit everyone, young and old. This book will appeal to the many millions of parents and teachers who are increasingly concerned about the rapid deterioration of the posture of their children, who are frequently hunched over desks and computers, as well as their own posture. It will also be of great value to doctors, consultants and physiotherapists, who already realise that posture is a crucial factor in most healthcare, plus those in physical education (including yoga and pilates), all types of sports and the martial arts. And last but not least, the book will be of priceless value to all those who suffer from a wide range of muscular-skeletal problems, including arthritis, backache and headaches, as well as a whole range of other common ailments. With more and more people becoming aware of the role that good posture plays in treating ill health, this is the perfect introduction to implementing its benefits into your own life.
Are you rushing through life as if it is something to be coped with rather than to be enjoyed?Is your body giving you warning signs of the mental and physical stress you are under?Typical symptoms of stress include backache, neck or shoulder tension, headaches, insomnia, frequent colds, asthma, digestive problems and high blood pressure. Being under stress can become a habit, making it hard to relax. It can also affect your breathing and bring on feelings of panic and anxiety. What can the Alexander Technique do for you?* Increase your self confidence. Stress tends to affect people with low self-esteem so that they feel unable to say 'no' even when they are already under pressure. The skills you learn will help you treat yourself with more care. * Alleviate symptoms of depression. When you learn to improve your posture you will gradually feel less in a 'slump' and more interested in life. * Make you less anxious. Learning how to breathe correctly will help you feel calm and centred, making it easier to concentrate and organise your life better. * Relax your body. Stress causes excessive muscular tension. You will learn how to release it and move through life with greater ease. * Build your emotional health. You will feel happier and more at ease with others as internal and external conflict is reducedIn this book, author Richard Brennan shows us how to gain emotional, mental and spiritual balance in our lives using simple techniques to improve our posture, breathing and way of thinking.
Developed at the turn of the century by F.M. Alexander, the Alexander Technique is a simple method of improving posture and body movement in order to reduce the physical and mental tensions that we accumulate throughout our lives. The practical value of learning to use muscles efficiently has been demonstrated by the millions of people who have successfully applied its principles to relieve common ailments, improve confidence, and for general well-being. This step-by-step guide is an accessible introduction to the subject outlining the key procedures involved and explaining the theory behind a series of simple but effective exercises that will produce real results. The book brings this 100-year-old discipline completely up-to-date, incorporating recent developments in the management of physical and mental stress.