Title: Be in Balance
Author: Angela Bradshaw
Publisher: Balloon View Limited
Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
Bradshaw’s book provides her readers with a down to earth introduction to the Alexander Technique and incorporates a practical guide to how the reader can employ the basics of this technique into their daily lives to improve their posture and subsequently benefit their overall function, health and wellbeing. The book is far from being a heavy academic read but is put together in a manner, which facilitates a broad readership group. As an author, Bradshaw approaches this book from a personal perspective, as someone who has experienced how poor posture can impact on life and living. What this book does is provide its readers with the tools to consider the options and choices that are available to enable them to regain some form of control in their lives and where they can also move forward and consider delving further into the Alexander technique. Further guidance is also provided in relation to the support that is available through accessing the alexander technique website along with the authors own website.
What were the highlights?
The highlight in this book is its use of practical activities and how the readers are encouraged to change posture and employ exercises, which may challenge current perceptions and practices.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strengths of this book come through how the author has structured and designed her book to incorporate a broad readership. It is presented in a light humorous style that engages the reader. There are no obvious weaknesses to this book. In general it is a positive insightful book.
Who should read it?
This book should be read by anyone who experiences pain or discomfort in their daily lives as a result of repetitive activity or injury. As this book is a self-help book it should be considered by health care professionals who encounter this group of patients.