Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation

Various exercises for improving flexibility, strength, and release of excess tension in the body.

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Members specializing in Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation:

Aaron Black

Amanda MacDonald

abmacd53@gmail.com1931 N Campbell Ave #2S

Anne Brady

Allison Caw

Anne James

Annmarie Kelly Davis

Adam Noble


Barbara Sellers-Young


Bob Feldman

Beth Johnson

Bruce Lecure

Brian LeTraunik

Conrad Alexandrowicz

CarlosAlexis Cruz

Corrie Danieley


Colum Morgan

Chelsea Pace

Dody DiSanto

Joan Schirle

Denise Rinehart

Dana Legawiec

Lee Ordeman

Deborah Robertson

Davis Robinson

Daniella Vinitski


Elizabeth Parks

Elizabeth Mozer

Eileen Standley

Eric van Baars

Frank Delaney

Maggie Anderson

Geneviève Nedder


Jeffrey Awada

Joann Browning

Jill Carlson

Jeff Casazza

Joe Krienke

Jeff McMahon

Jess Prichard

Julie Rada

Jeff MIlls

Kurt Heinlein


Jonathan Cole


Kari Margolis

Kate Meehan

Kali Quinn


Kelley Schoger

Luke Eddy

Les Rorick

Lisa Bohn

Mairin Smit

Mandy Greenlee

mandy@mandygreenlee.com915 MAXWELL AVE

Marie Percy

Matt Franta

Meredith Dufton

Emily Davis

micaela miranda

Melissa Noble

Michael Mueller

Matthew R. Wilson

Nick Erickson

Nancy Kantra

Natasha Martina


Pam Johnson

Parke Fech

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Penny Maas

Eliza Ladd

Rebecca Frost Mayer

Alison Henderson

C. Robin Marcotte

Rich Rand

Rachael Swartz

Rachelle Tsachor


Sandi Carroll

Shannon Stowe

Stephanie Prugh

Stefan Sittig

Robyn Berg

Tamala Bakkensen

Therese Crews

Tanya Kane-Parry


Ted Morin

Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer

Jeremiah Black

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Wesley Broulik

Yo-El Cassell

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Bibliography for Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation

Print Sources
  • Alter, Judy. Stretch & Strengthen: A Safe, Comprehensive Exercise Program to Balance Your Muscle Strength with Lifelong Flexibility. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. 0-395-40722-2 Exercises with anatomical sketches and description, and discussions of correct exercise techniques. Systematic, thorough, easy to read.
  • Anderson, Bob. Stretching. Bolinas, CA: Shelter Publications, 1980. A Ph.D. in exercise physiology describes correct stretching exercises.
  • Benson, Herbert, M.D. The Relaxation Response. n. c.: Outlet Books, 1993.
  • Black, Sara. The Supple Body: The Way to Fitness, Strength, and Flexibility. NY: Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company, 1995. ISBN 0028604415 Simple stretching exercises drawn from a variety of Eastern and Western disciplines, including yoga, t’ai chi, and sports medicine. B & W photos on each page, fully indexed and with a recommended reading list.
  • Blumenfeld, Larry, ed. The Big Book of Relaxation. n. c.: The Relaxation Company, 1994.
  • Carrington, Patricia. Freedom in Meditation. Garden City, NY: Anchor, 1977.
  • Davis, Martha and Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman and Matthew McKay. The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, 4th ed. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 1995. 1-879237-83-0
  • Downing, George. The Massage Book. New York: Random House, 1972. 0-294- 70770-2
  • Drury, Nevill, ed. The Bodywork Book. San Leandro, CA: Prism Alpha, 1984. 0- 907061-67-2 Essays on massage, Alexander, Trager, yoga, etc.
  • Folan, Lilas M. Lilas Yoga and You. New York: Bantam Books, 1972.
  • Gallagher, Sean P., et al. The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning: An Introduction to the Core Exercises. Bainbridge Books, 1999. ISBN 1891696084 An exercise program called Contrology, a low-impact series of exercises designed to maximize abdominal strength while toning and increasing flexibility in the rest of the body. Especially useful for many people for relieving chronic back and joint pain. Co-written by Romana Kryzanowska, the last living disciple of Joseph Pilates. With more than 300 step-by-step photos of 70 exercises.
  • Goleman, D. and T. Bennet-Goleman. The Relaxed Body Book. New York: Doubleday, 1986.
  • Gunther, Bernard. Sense Relaxation Below Your Mind. New York: Collier Books, 1968.
  • Haxthausen, Margit and Rhea Leman. Body Sense: Exercise for Relaxation. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987. 0-394-74917-0
  • Hendricks, Gay and Thomas B. Roberts. The Second Centering Book. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1977.
  • Hendricks, Gay and Russel Wills. The Centering Book. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975.
  • Hessel, Sidi. The Articulate Body. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1978. 0-312-05483-1
  • Hittleman, Richard. Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan. New York: Bantam Books, 1969. 0-553-27748-0 Basic yoga positions.
  • Iyengar, B. K. S. Light on Yoga. New York: Schocken Books, 1976. 0-8052-0610-8
  • Jacobson, Edmund. You Must Relax. 5th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Book Co., 1970. Jacobson created progressive relaxation; this explains his concepts. Interesting to know where many actor-relaxation techniques started.
  • Johnston, William. Silent Music: The Science of Meditation. New York: Harper & row, 1974.
  • Juhan, Deanne. Job’s Body, A Handbook for Bodywork. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1987.
  • LeShan, Lawrence. How to Meditate: A Guide to Self—Discovery. Boston: Little Brown, 1974. 0-553-20463-7
  • Martins, Peter. New York City Ballet Workout: 50 Stretches and Exercises Anyone Can Do for a Strong, Graceful and Sculpted Body. William Morrow & Co., 1997. ISBN 0688152023 Comprehensive, holistic approach to the body; covers flexibility and endurance. More than 300 instructional photos.
  • Mason. L. John. Guide to Stress Reduction. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1985. Describes methods of stress reduction: progressive and autogenic relaxation, visualization, meditation, biofeedback.
  • Maxwell-Hudson, Clare. The Complete Book of Massage. New York: Random House, 1988. 0-394-75975-3
  • Mitchell, Laura. Simple Relaxation. London: John Murray, 1977.
  • Namikoshi, Toru. Shiatsu + Stretching. New York: Japan Publications, 1985.
  • Robinson, Lynne and Helge Fisher. The Mind Body Workout, With Pilates and The Alexander Technique, with over 30 new Pilates Exercises. London: Pan Books/Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1998. ISBN 0-330-36946 The first book of its kind to combine The Alexander Technique and Pilates Method. Workbook style, fully illustrated.
  • Robinson, Lynne, et al. Body Control: Using Techniques Developed by Joseph H. Pilates. Trans-Atlantic Publications, Inc., 1998. ISBN 1891696009 40 Exercises to relieve stress, lengthen the body, improve flexibility, body strength, joint mobility, coordination and balance.
  • Rosa, Karl Robert. You and Autogenic Training: The Revolutionary Way to Relaxation and Inner Peace. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1976.
  • Siler, Brooke. The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body –Without Machines. NY: Broadway Books, 2000. ISBN 0-7679-0396 Clear photos and illustrations of a number of exercises.
  • Solveborn, Sven-A, M.D. The Book About Stretching. New York: Japan Publications, Inc., 1985.
  • Steinberecher, Edwin. The Inner Guide to Meditation. Santa Fe, NM: Blue Feather Press, 1978.
  • Sutcliffe, Jenny. The Complete Book of Relaxation Techniques. PA: A People’s Medical Society Book, 1991. ISBN 1-882606-08-6 Brief descriptions of over 30 techniques, among them chakras, music therapy, self-hypnosis, and Alexander.
  • Tobias, Maxine and Mary Stewart. Stretch & Relax: A day by day workout and relaxation programme. London: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd., 1997 ISBN 0-86318-115-5 A twenty minute per day fitness program; its exercises are designed to promote suppleness, stamina and strength, tailored to suit all ages, physiques and levels of fitness.
  • Vishnudevananda, Swami. The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga. New York: Julian Press, 1972.
  • Walker, C. Eugene. Learn to Relax: 13 Ways to Reduce Tension. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975. 0-13-527556-3
  • West, Ouida. The Magic of Massage. New York: Hastings House, 1986.
  • Wharton, Jim and Phil. The Whartons’ Strength Book. Times Books, 1999. ISBN 0-8129-2929-2
  • Winsor, Mari with Mark Laska. The Pilates Powerhouse: The Perfect Method of Body Conditioning for Strength, Flexibility, and the Shape You Have Always Wanted in Less Than an Hour a Day. MA: Perseus Books, 1999. ISBN 0-7382-0228-2 Includes a section on injuries and injury prevention.
Audio/Visual Sources
  • Harvey, John. R. Total Relaxation: Healing Practices for Body, Mind & Spirit. NY: Kodansha International, 1998. ISBN 1-56836-224-2 Includes a CD with step by step relaxation techniques. Chapters on muscular tension, tension within the autonomic nervous system, and mental and spiritual relaxation.
  • Physical Mind Institute, Physcial Mind Workout. Santa Fe, NM. Two videos (Introduction to Matwork and Intermediate Matwork). Using Pilates, a toning and conditioning system for stretching, strengthening and realigning joints and muscles. For information on ordering, call (505)988-1990.
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