Picks and Pans Review: The Nickolaus Technique

updated 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Benno Isaacs and Jay Kobler

If done correctly, the writers say, the Nickolaus Technique produces almost no perspiration and no day-after aches. A constant pattern of inhaling and exhaling supposedly conserves energy and staves off muscle soreness. The book—which was written with the cooperation of dancer/choreographer/exercise studio owner Richard Nickolaus—offers 30 exercises. They are to be done in a specific sequence, starting with rotations of the feet and ankles and moving up to standing leg and back stretches. One hour of these exercises done twice a week is the prescription for those who want a highly regimented and not overly strenuous program. (A.&W. Visual Library, $5.95)

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