What people say about the Alexander Technique

“Complete understanding of the system can only come with the practice of it. All I need say in this place is that I am sure, as a matter of personal experience and observation, that is gives us all the things we have been looking for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment, and consequent improvement in physical and mental health; increased consciousness of the physical means employed to gain the ends proposed by the will and, along with this, a general heightening of consciousness on all levels; a technique of inhibition, working on the physical level to prevent the body from slipping back, under the influence of greedy ‘end-gaining,’ into its old habits of malco-ordination, and working (by a kind of organic analogy) to inhibit undesirable impulses and irrelevance on the emotional and intellectual levels respectively. We cannot ask more from any system of physical education; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.” (Ends and Means – 1937)


Aldous Huxley
English writer (1894 – 1963)

“Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self-control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.”


George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwriter (1856 – 1950)

 “.. an extremely sophisticated form of rehabilitation or rather of redeployment of the entire muscular equipment and through that of many other organs.” (Ethology and Stress Diseases – Nobel Lecture 1973)


 Nikolaas Tinbergen
Dutch ethologist (1907-1988)

“I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”


 John Cleese
English actor and writer (1939)

“Mr Alexander has done a service to the subject by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psychophysical man. To take a step is an affair not of this or that limb solely but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment – not least of the head and neck.”


Sir Charles Serrington
1932 Nobel Prize winner for medicine (1857 – 1952)

” The Alexander Technique transformed my life. It is the result of an acknowledged genius. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Tony Buzan
author and inventor of mind maps

“Through the Alexander Technique I was able to rehabilitate my running after 25 years of being unable to run through injuries, to the extent that I was able to set ten world records for veterans in 1982.”

 Paul Collins (1926 – 1995)
marathon runner, violinist and Alexander teacher

“The Alexander Technique is a realistic alternative to beta blockers in the control of stress-induced high blood pressure.”

 Dr Bent Ostergaard, consultant cardiologist

“The Alexander Technique removed a long standing back problem, improved my riding position and riding ability. Riders who take up the technique always make a very significant improvement in their riding.”

Daniel Pevsner, Fellow of the British Horse Society

 “In the present state of the world it is evident that the control we have gained of physical energies, heat, light, electricity, etc., without first having secured control of ourselves is a perilous affair. If there can be developed a technique which will enable individuals really to secure the right use of themselves, then the factor on which depends the final use of all other forms of energy will be brought under control Mr Alexander has evolved this technique.”

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Professor John Dewey
American philosopher (1859 – 1952)

“It is accepted scientific opinion that at the present stage of the evolutionary process modern civilized man is in imperfect adjustment to his environment. The importance of Alexander’s work lies in his emphasizing the reality of this maladjustment of man’s neuromuscular system, and in his having devised a technique for teaching pupils a right, or rather better, use of themselves.”

Dr Peter MacDonald
Alexander’s pupil and friend

How, then, is poise to be acquired if lost or defective? The shortest road towards neuromuscular education of the body is doubtless at the hands of skilled people who practise an appropriate technique. The technique designed by Alexander is appropriate because it is based on the fundamental biological fact that the relation of the head to the neck is the primary relationship to be established in all proper positioning and movement of the body. But, if we are not so fortunate as to have an expert personal assistance, can the individual do anything? Alexander himself holds little hope for the unassisted person beyond the patient process of self-correction relative to movement before a mirror which he followed out himself in improving the use of his own body and in discovering the importance principles at which he arrived.”

Raymond Arthur Dart (1893-1988)

Raymond Dart
anatomist and anthropologist (1893 – 1988)

 “I consider that Alexander’s work is probably one of the most underrated achievements of the 20th century. I think that it is surprising how relatively unknown and unrecognised it is, because I am convinced that it will prove to be as important to humanity as the work of Newton, of Einstein and particularly of Darwin.”

Walter Carrington (1915 – 2005)
F.M. Alexander’s assistant and renowned exponent
of the Alexander Technique 

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