Books on the Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity
Improve how you sit, stand, walk, work and run
by Seán Carey.

HITE Limited – London – 2015
ATiEA_Front SmallSeán Carey PhD, a world-renowned authority on the Alexander Technique, writes in an accessible style. Key sections are summarised and illustrated, and he uses insights from social and cultural anthropology, evolutionary biology and social neuroscience to provide a modern and uniquely applicable context for understanding and bringing to life the practice of the Alexander Technique in everyday life activities.Ideal for Alexander Technique trainees and teachers to read for themselves and to recommend to students.This groundbreaking book Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity goes well beyond the subject matter of simple introductory texts and provides you with detailed information on what world-renowned American philosopher and educationalist John Dewey aptly called ‘thinking in activity’.

After introductory chapters, on Alexander’s discovery and on inhibition and direction, those that follow analyse a sequence of basic human movements of the sort that all able-bodied people in any society perform. So you will learn in detail about everyday activities including standing, walking, running sitting, bending, using the arms and hands, lying down, and breathing, including the reasons why most of us do them ‘badly’.

So that you have a handy reference key procedures in the Alexander Technique are summarised in relevant chapters. The book concludes with an insightful section on answers to frequently asked questions from new and experienced students. cPath=40&products_id=243

Body learning, by Michael Gelb
Henry Holt, USA 1981- 180 p.; Aurum Press, London1994 -150 p.


The most successful introduction to the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique, A skill for lifePedro de Alcantara
The Crowood Press, UK 1999 – 128 p.

skill_for_lifeGood introduction to the Alexander Technique

Indirect procedures – A musician’s guide to the Alexander Technique
Pedro de Alcantara
Clarendon Press, UK 1997 – 313 p.


Very good book of much interest for non musicians also.

The Alexander Technique:Freedom in action and thought.
Tasha Miller and David Langstroth
Nous Publishing, Canada 2006ISBN 9780973978629151 pages with illustrations and color photos.


The Alexander Technique, by Chris Stevens,
Optima, UK 1987 – 86 p.


Simple and clear introductory book.

The art of changing, a new approach to the Alexander Technique
Glen Park
Ashgrove Press, UK 1989 – 296 p.

The first part of the book is a good introduction 
to the Alexander Technique. The second part of the book deals with man in a broader perspective.

The Alexander principle, how to use your body without stress
Dr. Wilfred Barlow
Victor Gollancz, UK 1973 – 226 p.; Orion, UK 1998

Wilfred_BarlowExcellent general introduction from a medical standpoint.

book review

Freedom to change
Frank Pierce JonesMouritz, UK London 1998 – 222 p.
(First edition in 1976 as Body Awareness in Action, Shocken Books, USA)


Excellent analysis of development and scientific research on the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique Birthbook –A guide to better pregnancy, natural birth and parenthood, by Ilana Machover.

AT_birth_bookRobinsonLondon 1993 – 179 p.

Back Trouble –A new approach to prevention and recovery.
Deborah Caplan
Triad Publishing Company, Florida 1987 – 200


Skill and poise –Articles on Skill, Poise and the F.M. Alexander
Technique, by Raymond Dart
STAT Books, London 1996 -184 p.

skill_poiseSix scientific articles and lectures on the Alexander Technique from the famous anthropologist and anatomist:

  1. The significance of Skill
  2. An anatomist’s tribute
    to F. Matthias Alexander (1970)
  3. Voluntary Musculature of
    the Human Body: The Double-Spiral Arrangement
  4. The Postural Aspect of Malcocclusion
  5. The Attainement of Poise
  6. Weightlessness (1961)


Search for Raymond Dart on the Web for more information on the man.


The undivided self –The Alexander Technique and the Control of Stress.
Theodore Dimon JrNorth Atlantic Books, California 1999 – 230 p.
Analysis of Mind /body and conscious control.


The Elements of skill – a conscious approach to learning.
Theodore Dimon Jr,
North Atlantic Books, California 2003 – 224 p.


Let your Life flow – The physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of the Alexander Technique, by Alex Maunder.
The C.W. Daniel Company, UK 2002 – 241 p.


The Art of running with the Alexander TechniqueMalcolm Balk & Andrew ShieldsAshgrove Publishing, London & Bath, 2000 –144 p.


The Art of Swimming – a new direction using the Alexander Technique
Steven Shaw & Armand D’AngourAshgrove Publishing, London & Bath, 2001 –160 p.


The Alexander Technique for Actors
Kelly McEvenueMethuen, London, 2001 – 148 p.


Mind and muscle
Elizabeth LangfordGarant, Leuven 1998, 240 p. – illustrated,
ISBN 90 5350 883 X
Basic information on functional anatomy from the Alexander Technique standpoint.

See the bibliography in Mouritz’ website:


You will also find other book titles and information
on the Alexander Societies websites and on the page Publishers


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