Do you feel run down, have persistent fatigue and poor sleep, or have trouble thinking clearly. Are you out of touch with your body, or have a vague sense that you ought to feel better but don’t know how? The Constructive Rest Audio Guide Series is here to help you. Stop looking for a quick fix and decide to settle down to a fundamental change in how you live. Begin with The Guide for Everyone and rediscover a richness of experiencing YOURSELF: at ease, empowered, energetic!
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to your CD’s on Constructive Rest. The timbre and resonance of your voices, the excellent clarity of your word choices, the moments of stillness and pausing, are all beautifully rendered. I know that I will listen to these CD’s many times and be changed by them.
Meade Andrews – Master Teacher of The Alexander Technique
The day that I laid down and felt the tightness in my neck that I did not even realize was there was a major breakthrough for me. The simple act of lying on my back and being aware of my neck completely alleviated the tension and I felt so much better throughout the entire day. This experience made me promise myself that I would continue to use Constructive Rest for my entire life.
Liz A. – Denison University Grad 2013
One of the first exercises I did was Constructive Rest, which involved laying on a flat surface with my knees bent, hands gently resting on my stomach, and without speaking for twenty minutes. I was completely shocked that this brought about such a feeling of relaxation, calmness, and relieved nearly all of the tension in my entire body.
Allie Z. – Denison University Grad 2013
Constructive Rest, also known as semi-supine, active rest, and the balanced resting state, is one of the most common procedures of students and teachers of The Alexander Technique. CR is also widely used in the realms of dance, theatre, yoga, and physio-therapy among others. Its uses are many: slow down in a hectic day, ease an achy back, encourage psoas muscle release, just to name a few. Constructive Rest: The Audio Guide Series provides a balanced experience of these primary intentions:
- Cultivate an Overall Integrated Body Awareness
- Encourage Muscular Freedom Now
- Facilitate Breathing Integrity
- Promote an Accurate, Adequate Body Map
- Renew a Healthy Relationship with Space
- Think F. M. Alexander’s Directions
- Play with the Whispered Ah
- Nurture Healthy Non-Doing, also known as Inhibition
Rediscover freedom and ease in your body, improved clarity of thinking, and a heightened rapport with your environment. Constructive Rest is a time to tune in, not zone out. Many people find it better than a nap during the day. Listen to sample audio clips, then purchase a CD or MP3 download.
David's Restful Airplane Travel Tips (pdf)With advance planning and a few, choice accoutrements, your next flight can be much more tolerable, maybe even pleasurable!
The Alexander Technique & Constructive RestDavid Nesmith discusses how these tools will enhance your life in this podcast with Robert Rickover of alexanderaudio.com.
How to Begin - Enhance Your PracticeThis informative, 5-minute audio describes the particulars of starting and refining your Constructive Rest practice. Click to listen or "right click" to download.