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Rowing Technique from a Holistic Perspective by Jonathan Drake


Rowing Technique from a Holistic Perspective is a personal insight into whole-body rowing from an expert Alexander Technique and Tai-chi teacher, Jonathan Drake.
If you have ever had an injury, you will know how challenging this was to recover from.  Jonathan Drake shares his insights into how to make rowing “easier” on the body with a healthier approach to rowing technique.  His careful observations about the spine and the self-test guides explain exactly how he achieves a balanced spine through the rowing stroke.

This little book is aimed at anyone who’s thought a little about rowing and wants more food for thought.

It introduces a way of making sense of rowing technique from a view of how we best move our bodies.

Jonathan Drake argues that this could contribute to a healthier approach to rowing, promoting wellbeing and reducing the risk of injury. He challenges some of the commonly-held ideas about the transitions in rowing, from drive to recovery and vice versa, and how the spine changes dynamically during the stroke.

Read this book if you want to:
  • Understand integrating postural improvement with rowing
  • See where power in rowing is generated
  • How to be “up out of the hips”
  • Know why the C-shaped spine occurs in rowing

This is an unique book which will aid the thoughtful sculler and rower to protect their body and to avoid unhelpful postures acquired on the erg and in the boat.

NOTE: this product is an e-book and is an electronic download.

Listen to the author Jonathan interviewed on the BodyLeaning podcast.

3 reviews for Rowing Technique from a Holistic Perspective by Jonathan Drake

  1. iddcox (verified owner)

    With the high incidence of back injuries in rowers, we should all be more aware of the way our posture during rowing impacts on spinal kinetics. Jonathan Drake’s book starts with simple postural exercises based on the Alexander Technique, and then translates them into the rowing cycle. Linking physical relaxation with mental imagery can convert counter-productive tension into a more relaxed, faster and safer rowing style. I think it is well worth the time and effort to embrace these principles, and prevent potentially career-ending injuries.

    • Rebecca Caroe (verified owner)

      Thanks for your insights!

  2. gary anderson (verified owner)

    this little book is long overdue in the rowing world in my opinion. Alexander Technique (AT) and to some extent specific-asana yoga focusing on core development have direct application to our form, stroke, AND injury prevention (especially to the spine). AT has been invaluable for me because I came into rowing with severe hip disease. It will not cure severe orthopedic issues, but it will enable a rower to keep the sport from further damaging problem areas. Thank you, Jonathon, for this clear and easy-to-apply primer.

    • Rebecca Caroe (verified owner)

      Thanks Gary. How do you suggest we spread the word further?

  3. Roy Palmer

    Excellent! These practical, easy-to-follow ‘exercises’ will show you how to move more efficiently to avoid injury while improving performance. Many guides will tell you ‘what to do’, but not ‘how to do it’. As a teacher of The Alexander Technique and a rower, Jonathan’s unique understanding of movement relating to rowing makes this a must read for all.
    Roy Palmer,, author of Golf Sense and Zone Mind, Zone Body

    • Rebecca Caroe (verified owner)

      Roy – thanks for your insights. You are right – teaching how to do something is so valuable.

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