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Articles about Learning, Applying and Teaching the Alexander Technique

 

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Articles on the Alexander Technique in English - Choose one of these categories of articles

* Introductory - What is the Alexander Technique/what can it do for me?
* Exploring more on the Technique and its Principles
* Alexander Technique and Performers
* Alexander Technique applied to research and other areas
* About various teachers and their ways of working
* Reviews of Alexander Books
* Finding more Alexander Material
* Bibliography
Articles in Print About the Alexander Technique

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Introductory Articles - What is the Alexander Technique and what can it do for me?


Introductory Article on the Alexander Technique - by Frank Sheldon
An excellent introductory article on what is the Alexander Technique (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

The Alexander Technique - Introduction - by Joan Arnold
Another excellent introductory article on what is the Alexander Technique (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

I've had my First Alexander Lesson--What Do I Do Now? - by Catherine Kettrick
If you are like many new Alexander Technique students, you probably experienced new kinesthetic sensations in your first lesson, and are now wondering how to re-create that experience. You may be puzzled about heads and bodies and why heads should go forward and up and bodies should follow. You may wonder what thinking has to do with moving. And probably most of all you just want to know what to do to make it all happen again. This article will outline some basic concepts underlying the Alexander Technique, and answer some of the most common questions new students ask. (auch in Deutsch)

Stress - by David Langstroth
An introductory article on the Technique (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Alexander The Great - by Juliet Warkentin
An introductory article on the Technique (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Alexander Technique: What is it? - by Janet Wright
Introductory article on the Technique. The Alexander Technique is a way of becoming more aware of your balance and how you move.

Moving from the Still Point of Support - by Tommy Thompson
An Interpretation of the Alexander Technique.

Self-Help Alexander - by Robert M. Rickover
Forever lost on a desert isle? With a book and a mirror and enough perseverance, Alexander's work can be studied alone.


 

Exploring more on the Technique and its Principles


Eyesight and the Alexander Technique - by Peter Grunwald
An article describing work on applying the Alexander principles to improving eyesight and vision naturally.

Sun and Moon - by Tommy Thompson
A talk given at the 6th International Congress of the Alexander Technique in Freiburg, Germany in 1999 on the day of the eclipse of the sun by the moon, as Tommy explores what happens when you make changes in the primary source, (i.e., attentional recognition) versus making changes in what is reflected in the body (i.e. kinesthetic recognition).

Dimensions of Embodiment - by David Mills
Excerpts from David's doctoral thesis which aims to lay a theoretical foundation for a synthesis of the practical work of George Kelly and Alexander. The primary premise is that the act of comprehending is an embodied act, and as such is as subject to the conditions of the coordination of the whole person as is any other act. The second, practical, aim has been to develop a conversational methodology for dealing with learning in a more fully embodied way. In three parts.

Alexander Technique and Somatics - by Barbara Conable
An article by Barbara Conable on the relationship between the AT and other somatic fields (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Alexander Technique and the Psycho-physical Basis of Learning - by Catherine Kettrick
What we take in from teachers and how well we can teach others depends on our psycho-physical state. Find out more in this article.

Three Lessons From Dewey - by Richard M. Gummere, Jr.
Frank Pierce Jones remarked that John Dewey learned a lot from F. Matthias Alexander but Alexander learned nothing from Dewey. Well, F.M. is gone, like a great meteor. But if the rest of us turned to Dewey, what might we learn?

Articles on the Alexander Technique and John Dewey - (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Narcissus and Alexander - by Robert Rickover
Reflections on the origins of the Alexander Technique (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Alexander Technique: Horse Sense and Sensibility - by Robert Rickover
A short article exploring the nature of Alexander exchanges between humans and animals.

The Rounder We Go, The Samer We Get - by David Gorman
Ever wondered why everything you do to escape a vicious circle only seems to dig you in deeper? And though you may have become better at dealing with your symptoms, why you still have them? Read this illustrated essay on the nature of circular habits and how to escape them (på Svenska and en Français below).

Thinking About Thinking About Ourselves - by David Gorman
The F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture on how our thinking and belief systems affect our functioning and vice versa (aussi en Français).

The Primary Control - by David Gorman
And how do we make sense of the fact that when we stop interfering, somehow we become more co-ordinated and integrated? What is it that takes care of things when we stop trying to? The answers may surprise you as this article presents a radical view of the primary control.

On Fitness - by David Gorman
How the Alexander Technique can shed some light on constructive and unconstructive aspects of fitness programs and exercise (also in French below).

In Our Own Image- by David Gorman
-- A Series of 8 articles on our human design and function
Part 1 - The General Particulars
Part 2 - The Nature of the Torso
Part 3 - From the Ground Up
Part 4 - Talented Tissues
Part 5 - The Suspension System
Part 6 - More Suspense
Part 7 - It’s All Over Now
Part 8 - The Primary Control
This series explores the marvellous in-built design that can function to open us up into lightness and ease when we stop interfering and trying to control ourselves.

Continuous Tension, Discontinuous Compression -- A Model for Biomechanical Support of the Body - by Stephen M. Levin M.D. (See David Gorman's series above for more on his similar discoveries.

Enneagram Studies - The Wheel of Change - by Jeremy Chance
In this article Jeremy illustrates one small example familiar to students of Alexander's discoveries: how Frederick Matthias Alexander's (FMA) story is a classic example of moving around the wheel of change as represented by the enneagram.

A Teacher's Perspective of Feelings - by Jeremy Chance
"If you memorize your feeling you'll never change", said Marjorie Barstow. Jeremy explores his understanding of the relation of feelings to the Alexander work.

Tomatis Method and the Alexander Technique - by Robert Rickover
Tone, pitch, rhythm, harmony - these are among the many terms that can describe the condition of our bodies as well as the quality of sounds we make and hear. Our language is permeated with words and expressions that suggest a deep primal connection between sound and body. It was F. Matthias Alexander’s desire to improve his voice which led to the far reaching discoveries we now know as the Alexander Technique. Find out about the Tomatis Method in relation to the Alexander Technique (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

What is the Difference between Alexander and Feldenkrais? - by Nora Nausbaum
An introduction to the difference and similarities between the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method (and how to get more info).

Language and Movement - by Keith Hjortshoj
Why are FM's teaching aphorisms so loved? ...and his books so avoided? Because one was free, and the other fixed, argues Keith Hjortshoj.

A Collection of Short Articles - by Robert Rickover, Jill Freeman and others
This group of short articles on various aspects of the Alexander Technique is from STAT's web-site.

On Belief Systems and Learning - A debate on the principles of the Alexander Technique
This is the record of a debate started by David Gorman on the Alextech e-mail discussion group on new ways to look at the Alexander Technique that challenge our premises of the work.


 

Alexander Technique and Performers


The Alexander Technique and Piano - by Deborah Adams
An introduction for pianists and their teachers

The Dancing Self: Conscious Direction of the body in performance - by Jayne Stevens and Martin Leach
This paper focusses on Alexander's radical conception of the conscious direction of the body as the self engages and continues to engage in activity, and it relates his ideas directly to the dancing body in performance.

Some Talk of Alexander... - by Alan Mars
Straining for notes, both high and low, breathing difficulties, lack of resonance, hoarseness: these are just of the difficulties that beset the choral singer. Alan Mars describes how the Alexander Technique can be of enormous benefit.

Alexander Technique: What is it? - by Larry Stevens
What is the Alexander Technique? It's the dancer's secret weapon, says a teacher who works with dancers at Juilliard and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.

Singers, Singing Teachers and the Alexander Technique

Playing the Piano, Playing with Fire
A Study of the Occupational Hazards of Piano Playing (with a section on the Alexander Technique)

John Wion on the Alexander Technique

Articles on the Alexander Technique in Musicians - (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

The Alexander Technique and the flute

The Effect of Lessons in the Alexander Technique on Music Performance


 

Alexander Technique applied to other areas


Alexander Technique and Scientific Research - Articles from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique website

Alexander Technique and T'ai Chi practice - by Bill Walsh and Holly Sweeney
Can the Alexander Technique help students master Tai Chi Chuan practice?

Alexander Technique and RSI - by Holly Sweeney
How can the Alexander Technique help those suffering from Repetitive Strain Injury?

Applying Ergonomic Principles in the Workplace: How the Alexander Technique can Help - by Holly Sweeney
As early as the 18th century, doctors noticed that workers whose jobs required them to maintain certain body positions for long periods of time developed musculoskeletal problems. In the last 20 years, research has clearly established the connection between certain job tasks and repetitive stress injuries, or RSI’s. How can the Alexander Technique help protect you (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Jack's Story - by Jennifer Kellow, RN
When a three-month old baby shows no reflexes and all the signs of severe brain damage, what can the Alexander Technique and a dedicated teacher do for him?

Massage Therapy and the Alexander Technique - by Robert Rickover
Do you ever experience pain or discomfort when you are giving a massage? Are you sometimes
exhausted at the end of a day’s work? Do you worry about burn out? If so, the Alexander Technique could make a big difference in your life (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Alleviating Arthritis Pain and Discomfort: How the Alexander Technique Can Help - by Glenna Batson, PT, MA
The Alexander Technique is a painless and non-invasive method of retraining dysfunctional movement patterns that jeopardize joint health. The Alexander Technique can help a patient in ways frequently neglected by traditional exercise programs.

Articles on the Alexander Technique in relation to Physical Therapy - (from the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique).

Physical Therapy and the Alexander Technique: on Coming to Terms with the "P" Word - by Marsha Novak, MSPE, PT
The P word? ... you know, posture. The answer to the posture question now lies for me in forms of neuromotor re-education such as the Alexander Technique

Physical Therapy and the Alexander Technique - by Zora Natanblut, RPT, Ph.D.
As a physical therapist who specializes in working with chronic pain patients, I have often wondered why some people remain relatively pain- free throughout their lives and others develop crippling disabilities. Some of these people have injuries or illnesses, but it seems that the accumulation of one’s personal habits, acquired over a life time, have an overwhelming effect on one’s health.

Dressage Links - by Lorna Faraldi
The ideas of equitation and Alexander work converge, only the words differ. Lorna takes readers on a comparative journey through the language of each.

Changing the Way You Work: The Alexander Technique - by Carol Prentice
The physically demanding work of the farrier presents unique challenges. It requires awkward stances, and along with the weight of the horse can put a tremendous strain on the spine. Find out how the Alexander Technique can help out the Farrier (illustrated).


 

About various teachers and their ways of working


Practical Marj - by William Brenner
William spent a year at Nebraska working and talking to Marjorie Barstow about her life and work. Here he shares with us his experiences and interviews Marj on her work.

Aphorisms of Marjorie Barstow - collected by Marion Miller and Jeremy Chance
During her half-century of teaching, Marjorie voiced many thoughts. There were some gems. Here's a few... (with photos)

Masterclass with Elisabeth Walker & Marjory Barlow - by Kevan Martin
A personal account of a 5-day masterclass held in April, 1997 in Basel, Switzerland.

One Teacher's Interpretation of Basic Concepts in the Alexander Technique - by Jon Skaranger
The Alexander Technique is a quite exciting form of physical training which is unlike most other forms of physical training/education. It is highly recommended. Some of the underlying principles are described below (or rather what I think are the underlaying principles).

Interview with Marjory Barlow - by Francis Oxford
Marjory recounts 50 years of involvement in the development of Alexander's discoveries.

Notes from a Marjory Barlow workshop - collected by Bob Britton
Link to notes from a workshop given by Marjory Barlow in San Francisco, April 1995.


 

Reviews of Alexander Books


Review of The Authorised Summaries of F.M. Alexander's Four Books - by Robert M. Rickover
Alexander commissioned Ron Brown to write a summary of each of his four books. Robert has a look at the result..


 

Finding more Alexander material


Finding Articles in Print on the Technique
A bibliography of articles in print and how/where to find them.

F. Matthias Alexander Archives
About the Archives for Special Collections at Tufts University, USA.


 

Articles sur la méthode Alexander en Français


Choisissez une de ces catégories d'articles:
Introduction - Qu'est ce que cette méthode et que peut-elle m'apporter?
Exploration de la technique et de ses principes

 

Articles d'introduction

Qu'est ce que cette méthode et que peut-elle m'apporter?

Donnez Vie à Votre Corps - par Eillen Sellam
Introduction de la Mèthode Alexander (en Français)

La Technique FM Alexander - par Philippe Cotton
Introduction de la Mèthode Alexander (en Français)


 

Exploration de la technique et de ses principes


Plus Nous Tourons En Rond, Plus Nous Restons Les Mêmes - par David Gorman
La nature des habitudes circulaires et comment leur échapper.

Reflexions Sur Nos Reflexions Sur Nous-Mêmes - par David Gorman (1984)
Conférence en Mémoire de F. M. Alexander, pour voir comment notre pensée et notre système de croyances ont un effet sur notre fonctionnement et vice-versa.

Etre en Forme - par David Gorman
Comment la méthode peut-elle vous éclairer sur les aspects constructifs ou non constructifs des programmes de remise en forme et la gymnastique. Extraits d’une Conversation avec David Gorman par Sean Carey

La Voix Aux Chapitre - par Catherine Vernerie

En Suivant le Fil d'Ariane - par Catherine Cohen Hadria

Respirer--un Acte de Vie - par Catherine Cohen Hadria

La Technique Alexander dans une Perspective Évolutive de l'Homme - par Jean Hiernaux

Désir et Contrôle Primaire - par Cathy Bard

Queleques Réflexions sur "L'Unité Psychophysique" - par Renaude Gossett


 

Alexander-Technik Artikel in Deutsch


Die F.M. Alexander-Technik, eine kurze Beschreibung - von Peter Ruhrberg

Weniger ist mehr, eine Einführung in die Alexander-Technik - von Peter Ruhrberg

Ich habe meinen ersten Alexanderunterricht bekommen - was tue ich nun? - by Catherine Kettrick
(also in English)


 

Los Artículos de la Técnica Alexander en Español


¿Dónde se enmarca la técnica Alexander? - por Walter Carrington
Una reafirmación de que la Técnica Alexander no es ni medicina, ni terapia, ni manipulación; sino una forma especial de educación para la salud.

El Movimiento Humano - por Dilys Carrington
Quisiera contaros como explico a mis alumnos la relación cabeza-cuello. No soy una experta en anatomía y la gente a la cual me dirijo saben, por lo general, muy poco a cerca de cómo funciona el cuerpo, osea que voy a explicarlo de manera muy sencilla.

Técnica ALEXANDER: De la rigidez a la movilidad; Un retorno adulto a los beneficios de la niñez - por: Xavier Ortiz
A lo largo de la vida hemos maltratado nuestro cuerpo de diversas maneras. Los hábitos adquiridos, el recuerdo de vivencias pasadas, así como los modelos que hemos introyectado durante la niñez, han servido para definir paulatinamente nuestro lenguaje corporal, un modo de expresión global con el que nos manifestamos ante el mundo

La técnica Alexanderen los Negocios - por: Xavier Ortiz
Todos sabemos, bien por experiencia propia o bien ajena, que las prisas, la falta de concentración y el nerviosismo pueden dar al traste con el mejor negocio.


 

Alexander Technik Artiklar på Svenska


Ju Mer Vi Går Runt, Desto Sammare Brir Vi - av David Gorman
Hur onda cirklar fungerar och hur vi undviker dem.


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