Alexander Revisited; Contemplation & Criticism 1979-2014 by Ron Dennis
With a General Introduction by Yours Truly…
Penning the General Introduction to Ron Dennis’s new book surely disqualifies me from reviewing it, however, in the interest of getting word of its recent publication out to the public, especially to the kind of public that reads this e-zine, I am taking the liberty of offering a brief description of its contents along with my wholehearted recommendation.
The book is a collection of articles, research, reviews and letters that have appeared in various publications over the span of a long career. There are pieces that examine what Ron deems ‘a crisis’ in Alexander Technique theory, and others presenting a strong case for formulating core concepts in ways we can all agree upon. His own definitions are carefully reasoned and set a standard that inspired me to check my own thinking.
There are descriptions of research methodologies and findings regarding applications of the technique, and research that offers insight to and reflections on Alexander’s findings and methodologies. There are informative discussions about the history and politics of The Alexander Technique professional organizations, and pieces describing Ron’s own discoveries about the mind-body connection in general as well as particular innovations relating to lumbar support, breathing, teaching and practice building, breakfast and more.
Together, these writings suggest a particular approach to skill-honing and problem-solving that is Alexandrian in nature and usefully insightful. They are the fruits of devoted and concerned investigations that will engage readers of all levels of experience. You can (dare I say should) purchase a copy from Amazon or other online vendors.