In February 2009, the concept of an audio guide series for Constructive Rest was conceived. The series was completed on June 10, 2013. Eight powerful intentions woven throughout eight unique guides provide a balanced experience that, when practiced faithfully, will improve your life.

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:

Constructive Rest may be the answer you’ve been hoping for! Constructive Rest: The Audio Guide Series provides a balanced experience of these primary intentions:

  1. Cultivate an Overall Integrated Body Awareness
  2. Encourage Muscular Freedom Now
  3. Facilitate Breathing Integrity
  4. Promote an Accurate, Adequate Body Map
  5. Renew a Healthy Relationship with Space
  6. Think F. M. Alexander’s Directions
  7. Play with the Whispered Ah
  8. 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!
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The Alexander Technique & Constructive Rest

David Nesmith discusses how these tools will enhance your life in this podcast with Robert Rickover of

How to Begin Your Practice of Constructive Rest

This informative, 5-minute audio describes the particulars of starting and refining your Constructive Rest practice. Click to listen.
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