READING ABOUT THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE


Just as such skills as riding a bicycle are learned through direct experience, so is the Alexander Technique. 
Its history and principles can be described in words but the learning occurs
through having the experience to associate with them. 
That's what happens in lessons.



Books by F. M. Alexander

Alexander wrote four books in which he detailed
how his work evolved, the concepts that grew from it, and
their import and applications:



Man's Supreme Inheritance: Conscious Guidance and Control
in Relation to Human Evolution
in Civilization (1910, 1918)

Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual
(1923)

The Use of The Self
(1932)

The Universal Constant in Living
(1941)


Over the years since Alexander wrote these books, many others
have been published introducing and describing his work.


Recommended introductory books

There are dozens of books introducing the Alexander Technique.
The following are personal recommendations - each author an experienced teacher.

Body Learning
Michael Gelb
...
How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live
Missy Vineyard
...
The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life
Pedro de Alcantara
...
Freedom to Change
(First published in 1976 as Body Awareness in Action )
Frank Pierce Jones

Results of 25 years of original scientific research into this work.
Jones relates the story and development of the AT and explains some of
the underlying mechanisms that govern human functioning, including how
the conscious mind activates anti-gravity reflexes.

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Books about the AT are widely available in bookstores, libraries and online.  Other sources:



Mornum Time, a small press publishing high-quality books exploring various
aspects of the AT, was founded by Jerry Sontag, a teacher of the Alexander Technique and
former director of a teacher-training course. Books published by this press include:

Curiosity Recaptured: Exploring Ways We Think and Move
Fifteen essays offering an introduction to the Alexander Technique in daily life, foreword by Robertson Davies

Thinking Aloud and The Act of Living
Transcriptions of talks given by Walter Carrington,
trained by Alexander in 1939 and one of the world's foremost teachers and director of the longest-established training course for teachers

(Tributes to Walter at his Memorial Service in 2005 with photos)

An Examined Life
Marjory Barlow, F.M. Alexander's niece, talks about her seven decades of experience teaching the AT and directing a training course for teachers

Voice and the Alexander Technique
Active Explorations for Speaking and Singing
Author Jane Heirich is an experienced teacher of both voice and the Alexander Technique


Mouritz

A specialist publisher of high-quality books on the Alexander Technique.
Among those published to date are new editions of three of Alexander's four books, each of which includes information previously unpublished and:

Articles and Lectures: first published compilation of all of Alexander's known lectures and writings not included in his books as well as early articles on the AT

The Philosopher's Stone: a unique collection of diaries and notes from pupils' lessons with F. M. Alexander from c.1918 - 1953

F. Matthias Alexander - The Man and his Work: memoirs of training in the Alexander Technique from 1931-34 by Lulie Westfeldt: the only teacher from Alexander's first teacher training course to write about her experiences both as a student and then as a teacher for 26 years

Personally Speaking: the revised and enlarged edition of interviews with Walter Carrington in which he shares insights into the history and teaching of the AT

More Talk of Alexander:  36 articles selected by Dr. Wilfred Barlow on various facets of the AT including education, psychology, theology, art, science and medicine by such contributors as: Aldous Huxley, John Dewey and Nobel-prize winner Nikolaas Tinbergen.  First published in 1978.

The Mouritz website includes a library section containing:
a short biography of Alexander, a bibliography of his books,
archival literature and selected quotations from his writings on key concepts.



  

Jill Geiger, AmSAT, STAT

teaching the Alexander Technique since 1990
Newton, MA

617 527 7373
jill@ATinstruction.com