The alexander technique, named after its creator frederick matthias alexander, is an educational process that was created to retrain habitual patterns of movement and posture. The alexander technique reorganizes patterns of chronic tension that have unconsciously become a fixed part of how we move, breathe, and act in the world. This is the book for anyone who wants to know what alexander himself taught. I had this book for a musicianfocused alexander technique body mapping graduate course. Autism and alexander technique, by caitlin freeman. Alexander technique posture feels free and looks great. It could influence profoundly a teachers effectiveness with students a book of immediate usefulness to the performer and teacher, and one which will stimulate productive selfevaluation and awareness. In 2008, a study published in the british medical journal followed 579 patients over the course of a year in the randomised controlled trial of alexander technique at lessons, exercise. If you only ever buy one book on the alexander technique then let this be the one. Jnat is the website for john nicholls who has been teaching the alexander technique for over 40 years and has supervised the training of over 100 teachers. When practicing the alexandertechnique you will learn to release this stress and to overcome habits of tensioncausing use of your body. Teach yourself alexander technique book by richard craze.
He teaches private lessons as well as ongoing small group classes, and is on faculty at the american center for the alexander technique acat. You can learn more about alexander technique selfdirections here. Here you will find a comprehensive array of alexander technique books and dvds. Robert cohen, acat news this is a book to read with enthusiasm and attentiveness.
The alexander technique manual a stepbystep guide to. Alexander believed that poor habits in posture and movement damaged spatial selfawareness as well as health, and that movement efficiency could support overall physical. About the author carolyn nicholls is an internationally recognised expert on the alexander technique and has been teaching people to improve their body use and posture for over 30 years. Oct 03, 20 an introduction to the alexander technique by ofir mizrahi duration. The alexander technique can have dramatic results by focusing on the underlying causes to prevent a problem flaring up again. It took a significant amount of effort to find specific information on a given topic due to the poorly organized chapters, sections, and the incredible amount of wordvomit one must sift through. Its the largest of the at organisations and lists statqualified teachers in the uk and abroad. Now, in this updated and revised edition, wilfred barlows classic guide to alexander s work explores every phase of the technique. Simple stepbystep instructions aided by specially commissioned color photographs will enhance your understanding of the underlying principles of the technique. I could start with what ive already written, print it out, and. Body learning blog exploring the alexander technique and. Evidence for the effectiveness of alexander technique lessons.
A comprehensive introduction followed by a great deal of material of interest to instrumentalists and singers. This book was written by a wellknown master teacher of the. Power point presentation about alexander technique in the music field. How you stand, how you move, how you live, by missy vineyard a definitive text on the alexander technique, written by the director of the alexander technique center of new england. Alexander technique bookstore usa, canada and great britain. Alexander technique centre, ireland books by richard brennan. Alexander technique nebraska and toronto and life bridge coaching website design by imogen ragone. The aim is to stop deeply ingrained excess tension infiltrating the way you move and react throughout the day. Evidence for the effectiveness of alexander technique lessons in medical and healthrelated conditions. The alexander technique is for you if you are ready to feel more. Top 5 alexander technique benefits the alexander technique. Buy the alexander technique manual new edition by richard brennan isbn.
The aim of the alexander technique is to help you unlearn these bad habits and achieve a balanced, more naturally aligned body. Introductory articles and websites musicians, actors and dancers. It is a good introduction to the history and development of the technique, and is still one of my favourite alexander books. For example, is my neck tightening when i get up from my chair, when i work at my computer, when i exercise. An introduction to the alexander technique by ofir mizrahi duration. Gia publications how to learn the alexander technique. The use of the self and the autohorized summaries of f. Best books on the alexander technique and other useful links. The alexander technique allows the release of bodily tension which is held in the muscles and which can cause significant physical problems and pain. The complete guide to the alexander technique books by f. The alexander technique is the name given to the system of reeducation devised by the late f.
A skill for life, and the childrens novels befiddled and backtracked. It also has a section on the authors scientific research into the benefits of the alexander technique. Amsat american society for the alexander technique is the largest professional organization of teachers of the alexander technique in the united states. Patrick macdonald, the alexander technique as i see it. Alexander technique applications and personal accounts. When you apply the alexander technique to posture youre not a poser. Matthias alexander s four books see below are all good places to start. Apr 20, 2011 discover book depositorys huge selection of alexander technique books online. The alexander technique is taught by a qualified teacher in onetoone lessons. When practicing the alexander technique you will learn to release this stress and to overcome habits of tensioncausing use of your body. John nicholls alexander training teaching mindbody. He lives in paris and new york, and he travels the world giving seminars and master classes. Alexander technique bookstore usa, canada and the uk. Lessons often take place in a studio, clinic or the teachers house and usually last 30 to 45 minutes.
On this page you will find links to introductory material, as well as websites, articles and personal accounts devoted to specific applications of the alexander technique. Now, in this updated and revised edition, wilfred barlows classic guide to alexanders work explores every phase of the technique. Often, the source of your neck tension and back pain isyou. He was born in tasmania and as a young man pursued a successful career in the theatre until a severe vocal problem almost forced him to give up. Mark has maintained a fulltime alexander technique teaching practice in new york city since his national certification in 2003. Alexander technique books and dvds basic alexander. Her first book, body, breath and being a new guide to the alexander technique is a great critical and commercial success. Worlds most comprehensive alexander technique resource. Alexander technique books caitlin freeman, pittsburgh, pa. Shalinee, production manager penny would like to invite you to our workshops and lessons in alexander technique on the beautiful greek island of alonnisos. Jan 07, 2012 luc vanier and rebecca netlfiol discuss their work on applying the alexander technique to dance. The alexander technique is a widely recognized educational method for improving balance, alignment, ease, flexibility and energy. Pilates and alexanders books can be found at the books link to the left. Noticing and describing my habitual movement patterns and the new experiences i have in my lessons and in between lessons.
Jun 01, 2009 the alexander technique has been around for many years. The alexander technique has been around for many years. Republished as the alexander technique workbook above in print this is a straightforward, easytoread introduction to the alexander technique for those who know a little or nothing about the technique. An introduction to the alexander technique by michael j.
Take control of your posture and your life brennan, richard on. The alexander technique manual explains how to reduce stress levels to achieve a happier and more fulfilling lifestyle and reveals how alexander made his unique discoveries. Alexander, provides the key to successful body dynamics. Based on the work of frederick matthias alexander, this book is a thorough and practical approach to the issues of musicians health and wellbeing. Summary of principles of the at, etiology of misuse and how the at helps patients identify neuromuscular tension and restore physcial homeostasis. This book, however can also be helpful for those who are already having alexander technique lessons. Mar 10, 2007 to find your nearest alexander technique teacher, call 0845 230 7828, or visit. The complete guide to the alexander technique books on topics. Alexander technique workshop with rebecca tuffey duration. To learn more about the latest research on the alexander technique and see a video of the practice, visit the bmj site. Back pain, neck pain, the good news, and the bad news. Edward maisels book is a beautifully compiled introduction to a selection of alexanders own text.
An alexander technique teacher helps you to identify and lose the harmful habits you have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move more freely. I recommend these books as a good starting point for anyone interested in reading and learning more about the alexander technique. I like the layout and the text is interesting, easy to read and understand. An innovative approach to reducing physical tension and stress by karen h. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
The complete guide to the alexander technique books of. Studio, classes, oneonone instruction, books, videos, dvds, guides, books, handouts, workbooks, gokhale posture correction method, egoscue posture therapy, bar method for correcting posture, owas method of posture anlayses. Below are a selection of books that will help you in your exploration of the alexander technique. A wealth of information for anyone interested in the development of his ideas and of the alexander technique. The alexander technique is a way to feel better, and move in a more relaxed and comfortable way the way nature intended. General principles of the alexander technique the alexander technique is not similar to yoga, transcendental meditation, selfhypnosis, biofeedback, rolfing, feldenkrais, selfhypnosis, biofeedback, massage, chiropractic, posture training, physical therapy, or relaxation techniques. This book contains virtually everything written by alexander apart from his 4 books, including a short autobiography. If you would prefer a quick and mobilefriendly listing of just the major alexander technique books and dvds, please visit alexander technique books and dvds.
I want to write a book on the alexander technique, but i dont even know how to start. The alexander technique is a skill for selfdevelopment teaching you to change longstanding habits that cause unnecessary tension in everything you do whatever your age or ability, the technique can help boost your performance in any activity and relieve the pain and stress caused by postural habits, like slouching or rounded shoulders. Teacher of alexander technique, helping back pain, neck tension, stress, improve poise, voice, confidence and breathing. Effectiveness of the alexander technique for back pain recent studies suggest that the alexander technique may be effective in providing back pain relief.1513 273 798 1339 1198 1035 934 1185 893 281 365 648 137 1024 138 657 315 396 1358 899 93 181 439 745 251 160 597 368 1254 822 484 332 450 699 336 911