Body Awareness in Action : A study of the Alexander Technique by Frank Pierce Jones ; Introduction by J. McVicker Hunt
New York : Schocken Books, 1976. First American Edition. Hardcover. 176 pages ; illustrated ; 21 cm. $9.95 dust jacket with shelf wear around the dust jacket edges. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
Body Awareness in Action
A STUDY OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
Frank Pierce Jones
Introduction by J. McVicker Hunt With 24 Illustrations
At one time or another, almost everyone suffers from backache and physical tension. Conventional treatment rarely brings more than temporary relief. The reason is that most of these complaints are largely due to improper use of the body, a system of bad habits which we are unable to escape because we do not perceive what we are doing while we are doing it.
F. M. Alexander maintained that because of the influence of civilization we have reached a stage where we can no longer rely on our instincts. If we are to survive, our behavior has to be consciously determined. Alexander believed this to be the most important phase of man's development: to pass from subconscious to conscious control of body and mind. By continuing to rely on instinct instead of intelligence, man would no longer develop but degenerate. The technique developed by Alexander around 1900 introduces conscious bodily control for physical re-education. Among the adherents of Alexander's method and practice were Bernard Shaw, John Dewey, and Aldous Huxley.
In BODY AWARENESS IN ACTION: A Study of the Alexander Technique Frank Pierce Jones describes the essential features of Alexander's method. Drawing on F. M. Alexander's writings and his long association with F. M. and his brother, Jones presents a vivid introduction to the man and his ideas. Jones supplements Alexander's findings with his own carefully designed research at Tufts University Institute for Psychological Research. By measuring bodily movement in action, he provided scientific support for the discoveries of F. M. Alexander.
FRANK PIERCE JONES was professor of classics at Tufts and Brown universities and a student of the Alexander brothers. His research in the Alexander Technique was done at the Institute for Psychological Research at Tufts University where he also became lecturer in psychology. His studies of the Alexander Technique have been reported in several professional journals. This book was completed shortly before his death in 1975.
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