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Mind and Muscle by Elizabeth Langford

Mind and Muscle by Elizabeth Langford


Mind and Muscle: An Owner's Handbook

by Elizabeth Langford

Foreword by Walter Carrington. Drawings by Enci Noro.

Paperback, 252 pages, Illustrated. ISBN 978-90-441-2267-1


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"Mind and Muscle by Elizabeth Langford is without a doubt one of the best books on the Alexander Technique ever written." Jean Sealey, Professor of Physiology, Cornell University Medical College, New York, May 2003
"This is a substantial book... clear, lively and well expressed... does not settle lazily for the easy oversimplification... will repay careful reading and re-reading and enrich your understanding... I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand more about how the bodymind works and how its functioning can be improved." STAT News - Journal of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique - January 2000
"In straightforward language, and step by step, Denken en Bewegen enriches the reader's insight into the use and misuse of our muscles and joints. Enlivened by many telling examples and anecdotes, and based on the Alexander Technique, it incites both movement experts and laymen to think about everyday attitudes and movements. To this end, it proposes active experiments that allow the reader to experience what has been explained. Denken en Bewegen is thus not passive bed-time reading, but an active handbook for enabling you to know and use your "framework" in a better way. Certain exercises that are practised daily by many people ­ such as breathing exercises ­ are here strongly criticized, with multiple arguments. This unusual point of view is enriching. Also very fascinating is the explanation of how the accumulation of experiences and acquired habits ­ frequently the true source of symptoms ­ can impede adult access to the natural movements made by children. The insights provided by Denken en Bewegen are useful for the many people with back pain, but also for everyone who has to deal with the optimum functioning of the body: that is, for people such as athletes, physiotherapists, and teachers of physical education." - Journal of Physical Education, Belgium, review by Dr. Greet Cardon, in Tijdschrift voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding, 3/2002
How do thoughts, emotions and muscles influence each other? How important is the balance between those three and movement education? What is the Alexander Technique and what use is it to you as a teacher? The huge amount of professional literature is now contained in a very readable book, with such themes as: movement and body-image; movement in toddlers, children and adults; exercise and exercises to prevent pain, discomfort and occupational diseases. - Klasse for Teachers, no. 130, December 2002, p.27. Flemish Community, Ministry of Education ­ translated from Dutch
"This book is strongly recommended to all those concerned with physical education, and to anyone who understands that we cannot misuse our bodies with impunity. By helping us to deal with ourselves in a way that respects the natural functioning of the body, and thus teaching us how many physical problems can be avoided, this book certainly has a place in health promotion." VIGoureus - Journal of VIG, the Flemish Institute for Health Promotion - March 2000
"...a critical look at a lot of deep-seated ideas that may not be as scientifically well-founded as is usually supposed...offers the reader practical help so that he is able to let his whole body function in the optimal way." Artsenkrant - Belgian weekly for G.P.s - 4th April 2000
"... tour de force... the distillation of a lifetime's experience... management of oneself to achieve optimum performance... style is direct and matter-of-fact, drawing on physiology and anatomy to dispel myths and misconceptions." Piano Journal - Journal of the European Piano Teachers' Association - Summer 2000

The Author

Elizabeth Langford was born in London and educated at Bruton School for Girls, the Royal College of Music, and the Constructive Teaching Centre, London. A professional violinist, and a pioneer of the use of the Alexander Technique in music education, she was the first of her generation to be authorized to train Alexander teachers. She is a former chairman of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, and the current president of its affiliated association in Belgium.


“In a book with 'muscle' in its title, you might expect to find exercises...but not in this one. Here, on the other hand, you will find experiments to carry out for yourself; they are designed to reveal how intimately mind and muscle are linked--far more so than most people imagine.. ” - Elizabeth Langford

Mind & Muscle gives us the facts about the intimate links between thoughts, emotions and muscle behavior, and shows us, in detail, just what principles really underpin good functioning. All these facts, which Elizabeth Langford explains with such simplicity and clarity, have been known for many years, and are taken for granted by the true experts in this field. However, expressed in the technical language of specialist journals and scattered throughout volumes of reference, they have not been available to the public at large. Mind & Muscle performs the vital service of making this material accessible.

Progressively, the reader is invited to enter into the practical reality of this information, and to experience its benefits. This is a book that will be invaluable for anyone whose working tool is their body--whether athlete, musician, dancer, dentist or carpenter--and who is looking for improved performance or simply for less strain; for those who are convalescent or battling with a handicap; for the many people suffering from that ever-increasing problem: back pain; indeed for anybody keen to rediscover a sense of well-being.