Books on the Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity

Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity
Improve how you sit, stand, walk, work and run

Seán Carey, HITE Limited – London – 2015

Seán 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.

Body learning. An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Michael Gelb

The most successful introduction to the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique. A skill for life

Pedro de Alcantara

Good introduction to the Alexander Technique

Indirect procedures – A musician’s guide to the Alexander Technique

Pedro de Alcantara

Very good book of much interest for non musicians also.

The Alexander Technique: Freedom in action and thought.

Tasha Miller and David Langstroth

The Alexander Technique

Chris Stevens

Simple and clear introductory book.

The art of changing, a new approach to the Alexander Technique

Glen Park

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

The Alexander principle, how to use your body without stress

Dr. Wilfred Barlow

Excellent general introduction from a medical standpoint.

Freedom to change.
The Development and Science of the Alexander Technique

Frank Pierce Jones

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

The Alexander Technique Birthbook – A guide to better pregnancy, natural birth and parenthood

Ilana Machover, Jonathan Drake and Angela Drake

Back Trouble – A new approach to prevention and recovery.

Deborah Caplan

Skill and poise – Articles on Skill, Poise and the F.M. Alexander Technique

Raymond Dart

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

  1. The significance of Skill (1934)
  2. An anatomist’s tribute to F. Matthias Alexander (1970)
  3. Voluntary Musculature of the Human Body: The Double-Spiral Arrangement (1950)
  4. The Postural Aspect of Malcocclusion (1946)
  5. The Attainement of Poise (1947)
  6. Weightlessness (1961)

The undivided self – The Alexander Technique and the Control of Stress.

Theodore Dimon Jr

Analysis of Mind /body and conscious control.

The Elements of skill – a conscious approach

Theodore Dimon Jr

Let your Life flow – The physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of the Alexander Technique

Alex Maunder

Master the Art of Running: Raise Your Performance with the Alexander Technique

Malcolm Balk and Andrew Shields

Master the Art of Swimming: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique

Steven Shaw

The Alexander Technique for Actors

Kelly McEvenue

Mind and muscle

Elizabeth Langford

Basic information on functional anatomy from the Alexander Technique standpoint.

Complete bibliography on the Alexander Technique

The Mouritz website also contains a complete bibliography of everything published on the Alexander Technique, historical articles and key quotations from F. M. Alexander’s writings.

Frederick Matthias Alexander writings

Frederick Matthias Alexander writings

Alexander wrote four books, apart from many articles and letters. His books are still worth reading today as his concepts are still revolutionary and the procedures he proposes still most needed.

Publishers of books on the Alexander Technique

Publishers of Books on the Alexander Technique

You will find here the small list of these generous and courageous people who have specialized in publishing books on the Alexander Technique. I thank them heartily and wish them luck and inspiration.