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Magazine Abstracts


Stallibrass C.
An evaluation of the Alexander Technique for the management of disability in Parkinson's disease--a preliminary study.
Clinical Rehabilitation. 11(1):8-12, 1997 Feb.


Trevelyan J.
Alexander technique.
Nursing Times. 89(49):50-2, 1993 Dec 8-14.


Austin J. H.; Ausubel P.
Enhanced respiratory muscular function in normal adults after lessons in proprioceptive musculoskeletal education without exercises.
Chest. 102(2):486-90, 1992 Aug.


Maitland J.; Goodliffe H.
Fit for nursing--the Alexander technique.
Nursing Times. 85(42):55-7, 1989 Oct 18-24.


Hall D.
Bad backs--uncovering the real problem: the Alexander technique sheds new light on a sore situation.
Lamp. 45(11):24-8, 1988 Dec-1989 Jan.


Baeppler A.; Kitkat A.
The Alexander technique.
Professional Nurse. 2(7):222-4, 1987 Apr.


Knebelman S.
The Alexander technique in diagnosis & treatment of craniomandibular disorders.
Basal Facts. 5(1):19-22, 1982.


Maitland, Sheila; Horne, Roger; Burton, Mark.
An exploration of the application of the Alexander technique for people with learning disabilities.
Mental Handicap. Vol 24(2), 1996, 70-76.


Valentine, Elizabeth R; Fitzgerald, David F. P; Gorton, Tessa L;
Hudson, Jennifer A; et al.
The effect of lessons in the Alexander technique on music performance in high and low stress situations.
Psychology of Music. Vol 23(2), 1995, 129-141.


Valentine, Elizabeth R.
Alexander Technique for musicians: Research to date.
Wilson, Glenn Daniel (Ed); et al. (1991). Psychology and performing arts.
(pp. 239-247). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger. 323 pp.
1991


J.H.M. Austin & J.S. Pullin, "Improved Respiratory Function after
Lessons in the Alexander Technique," *American Review of Respiratory
Disease*, 1984 vol. 129, 2, 275.


W. Barlow, "Postural Homeostasis," *Annals of Phys. Med.*, July 1952, 1,
77-89.


W. Barlow, "Psychosomatic Problems in Postural Re-Education," *The
Lancet*, Sept. 24, 1955 (659-664).


W. Barlow, *The Alexander Principle*, Victor Gollancz Ltd. (London),
1973.


R. A. Dart, "The Attainment of Poise," *South African Medical Journal*,
1947 vol. 21: 74-91.


R. A. Dart, *An Anatomist's Tribute to F.M. Alexander*, Sheildrake Press
(London), 1970.


D. Garlick, "A Physiologist Looks at the Alexander Technique," *The Alexander Review*, 1986 1, 2, 23-34.


F.P. Jones, "The Influence of Postural Set on Pattern of Movement in Man," *International Journal of Neurology*, 1963, vol. 4 no. 1 60-71.


S. Raine & D. Garlick, "Postural Analyses of Standing Human Subjects,"
Abstract, 21st Ann. Conf. Anat. Soc. Aus. & NZ, Brisbane, Feb. 1986.


AUTHOR(S): Painter, Jamie
TITLE(s): Moving experience: performers use movement techniques to fine-tune their instruments.
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Summary: The concept of 'movement training' was developed by actor F. Matthias Alexander as a stress-relieving method to be used before performance. The method, also known as 'Alexander technique,' does not only involve physical action such as dance but also abstract ideas such as emotional balance and self-awareness. Effective activities include stage combat such as fencing, tai-chi and yoga.

Back Stage West
p12(2) June 29 1995 v2 n26

DESCRIPTORS: Actors_Training
Alexander technique_Analysis
Movement, Aesthetics of_Analysis


AUTHOR(S): Illman, John
TITLE(s): Pain and prejudice. (complementary therapies for relieving pain)
Summary: Complementary and alternative therapies can prove helpful in relieving the more or less constant pain suffered by an estimated 4 million or so people in Britain. Water treatment or hydrotherapy can relieve the pain caused by rheumatism and arthritis while reflexology has proved helpful in the treatment of backache and migraine. Massage is not only extremely pleasurable but can relieve pain and tension. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) can help relieve fairly localised pain. Other alternative therapies for pain relief include the Alexander Technique, aromatherapy and acupuncture.

The Guardian
p2.14(1)
Oct 26 1994
DESCRIPTORS: Alternative medicine_Therapeutic use
Pain_Care and treatment


AUTHOR(S): Kupferberg, Natalie
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique: Learning to Use Your Body for Total Energy, 2d ed._(book reviews)
Library Journal
p134(1)
Jan 1991 v116 n1


AUTHOR(S): Kupferberg, Natalie
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique._(book reviews)
Library Journal
p122(1)
July 1990 v115 n12


AUTHOR(S): Benham, Bill
Mackie, Melbon
Sanders, Joseph
TITLE(s): Three Musicians Talk about the Alexander Technique.

In: Journal of the international double reed society
JUL 01 1996 n 24
Page: 121
SICI Code: 0741-7659(19960701)24L.121:TMTA;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CU UNC UW


AUTHOR(S): Stein, Charles Jay
TITLE(s): To schlep or not to schlep.
Summary: Charles Jay Stein on Alexander Technique guidelines for instrumental teachers
In: Music teacher.
MAY 01 1996 v 75 n 5
Page: 8
SICI Code: 0027-4461(19960501)75:5L.8:SONS;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: UNC
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Batson, Glenna
TITLE(s): Conscious Use of the Human Body in Movement: The Peripheral Neuroanatomic Basis of the Alexander Technique.
Summary: The unified expression of the artist's psychophysical being is a hallmark of performing arts training. Performing artists direct their body use to refine neuromuscular coordination and hone the psychophysical skills needed to meet the demands of performance. The Alexander Technique is a popular method among performing artists for identifying excessive and unwanted postural and movement habits that interfere with performance, and for retraining these patterns of use. While performing artists have long benefitted from the Alexander Technique, little scientific evidence directly supports Alexander's principles and methods. Those who study the Alexander Technique know that Alexander was ahead of his time in his understanding of movement organization, but studies substantiating how are practically nonexistent. In this paper, the author discusses the peripheral neuroanatomical basis for the Alexander Technique: the role polayed by the body's proprioceptors (the peri- and intra-articular neural afferents) in movement organization. The author implies how Alexander's method of movement re-education was prescient, in light of what is currently known in neuroscience.
In: Medical problems of performing artists.
MAR 01 1996 v 11 n 1
Page: 3
SICI Code: 0885-1158(19960301)11:1L.3:CUHB;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CSU CU UNC UW
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Stevens, Larry
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique: What Is It?
In: Dance & the arts.
Sumr 1995 v 13 n 1
Page: 32
SICI Code: 1082-2445(199523)13:1L.32:ATWI;1-


AUTHOR(S): Kosminsky, Jane
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique.
In: Ballet review.
Sumr 1995 v 23 n 2
Page: 92
SICI Code: 0522-0653(199523)23:2L.92:AT;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CSU CU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Stevens, Larry
TITLE(s): An Experience in The Alexander Technique.
In: Dance & the arts.
SEP 01 1995 v 13 n 2
Page: 20
SICI Code: 1082-2445(19950901)13:2L.20:EAT;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Farkas, Alexander
TITLE(s): Coach's Notebook...Exploring the Alexander Technique and Opera.
In: The opera journal.
SEP 01 1995 v 28 n 3
Page: 16
SICI Code: 0030-3585(19950901)28:3L.16:CNA ;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: AUR CSU CU DPL UNC
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Richmond, Phyllis
Lengfelder, Bill
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, and Stage Combat: The Integration of Use, Somatics, and Skills in the Teaching of Stage Movement.
In: Theatre topics.
SEP 01 1995 v 5 n 2
Page: 167
SICI Code: 1054-8378(19950901)5:2L.167:ATTC;1-


AUTHOR(S): Reese, Elizabeth
TITLE(s): Alexander Technique And Classical Equitation.
Summary: The similarities between these two concepts are discussed in detail by Elizabeth Reese.
In: Dressage & ct
AUG 01 1995 n 107
Page: 36
SICI Code: 0147-796X(19950801)107L.36:ATCE;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CSU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Bentley, Joni
TITLE(s): Riding Success Without Stress.
Summary: Joni Bentley concludes her series on riding and the Alexander Technique.
In: Dressage & ct
JUN 01 1995 n 105
Page: 33
SICI Code: 0147-796X(19950601)105L.33:RSWS;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CSU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


TITLE(s): Riding and the Alexander Technique.
Summary: The first article in a series by Claire Robinson talks about end gaining, focusing on the goal to the exclusion of what is going on around one right now.
In: Dressage & ct
JAN 01 1995 n 100
Page: 36
SICI Code: 0147-796X(19950101)100L.36:RAT;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CSU LOCN:
ISSUE STATUS: Published


TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique for Musicians Short Course.
In: Victorian journal of music education.
1995 n 2
Page: 26
SICI Code: 1036-6318(1995)2L.26:ATMS;1-


AUTHOR(S): Valentine, Elizabeth
Fitzgerald, David
Symonds, Elizabeth
TITLE(s): The Effect of Lessons in the Alexander Technique on Music Performance in High and Low Stress Situations.
In: Psychology of music.
1995 v 23 n 2
Page: 129
SICI Code: 0305-7356(1995)23:2L.129:ELAT;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CSU CU UNC
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Oliver, Suzanne K.
TITLE(s): Case Study: The Alexander Technique as an Intervention in Lower Back Dysfunction in a Dancer.
In: Kinesiology and medicine for dance.
Sprg 1993 v 15 n 2
Page: 80
SICI Code: 0731-2504(199322)15:2L.80:CSAT;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Oliver, Suzanne K.
TITLE(s): Lower Back Injuries in Dancers and The Alexander Technique.
In: Kinesiology and medicine for dance.
Sprg 1993 v 15 n 2
Page: 65
SICI Code: 0731-2504(199322)15:2L.65:LBID;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Trevelyan, Joanna
TITLE(s): Complementary Medicine. Alexander Technique: In our continuing series on complementary medicine, Joanna Trevelyan looks at this method of holding & moving the human body.
In: Nursing times : NT
DEC 08 1993 v 89 n 49
Page: 50
SICI Code: 0954-7762(19931208)89:49L.50:CMAT;1-
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: AUR HSC LUT UNC UW LOCN:
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Bondurant, Nancy
TITLE(s): Movement, Music, and the Alexander Technique.
In: The double reed.
Sprg 1992 v 15 n 1
Page: 59
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CU UNC UW
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Cable-Alexander, Melanie
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique for Riders.
In: Country life.
OCT 22 1992 v 186 n 43
Page: 48
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Naylor, John
TITLE(s): Getting Better: applying Alexander Technique to instrumental study.
In: Music teacher.
JUL 01 1992 v 71 n 7
Page: 30
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: UNC
ISSUE STATUS: Published

TITLE(s): Illustrated bodyworker: Regain grace with the Alexander technique.
In: EastWest natural health.
MAR 01 1992 v 22 n 2
Page: 38
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: CSU CU
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Zipperer, D.
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique as a Supplement to Voice Production.
In: Journal of research in singing and applied vocal
JUN 01 1991 v 14 n 2
Page: 1
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: AUR CU UNC
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Rosenthal, Eleanor
TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique: What It Is And How It Works.
Summary: The Alexander Technique is familiar to many but understood by few.
In: The american music teacher.
OCT 01 1989 v 39 n 2
Page: 24
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: AUR CSU CU DU LUT UNC UW
ISSUE STATUS: Published


TITLE(s): The Alexander Technique: From Pupil to Teacher.
Summary: A former student of the technique illustrates how Alexander's methods now inform his own teaching approach.
In: Music teacher.
APR 01 1989 v 68 n 4
Page: 19
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: UNC
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Mayers, Hillary
TITLE(s): A Path to Productive Practicing: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique.
Summary: Two certified Alexander teachers offer insights into this dynamic field.
In: The american music teacher.
NOV 01 1988 v 38 n 2
Page: 24
Summary Holdings:
CALL #: AUR CSU CU DU LUT UNC UW
ISSUE STATUS: Published


AUTHOR(S): Hershenson, Roberta
HEADLINE: Teaching musicians how to keep their bodies in tune
In: New York Times
WC, 19:5
Feb 25, 1996
ABSTRACT: The work of Victoria Fairbanks, who teaches music students at the Hackley Music Institute in Tarrytown NY how to position their bodies for better playing and well being, known as the Alexander Technique, is featured.
OTHER ENTRIES: Fairbanks, Victoria
Music education Musicians & conductors Schools
Feature
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From PSYCHINFO (Psychological Abstracts)
AUTHOR(S): Maitland, Sheila.
TITLE: An exploration of the application of the Alexander technique for people with learning disabilities.
SOURCE: British Journal of Learning Disabilities 1996 Vol 24(2) 70-76
NOTE: Mancunian Community Health (NHS) Trust, Joint Learning
Disability Service, England
ABSTRACT: Describes the Alexander Technique as a means of reeducating people in the way they use and organize their bodies. It is characterized by an integrative view of physical and psychological function. Its application was explored with 8 people with varying degrees of learning disability and application of the Alexander technique for people with traditional verbal methods of relaxation. It was hoped that the technique would aid in posture, spasticity, and anxiety. On the basis of clinical documentation it is concluded that the technique may be of benefit and that a more rigorous evaluation would be desirable. The account includes discussion of the particular problems in applying the technique to people with limited communication and understanding of what was being done.
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS:
3380.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
LEARNING DISABILITIES.
PHYSICALLY DISABLED.
RELAXATION.
TREATMENT.
ADULTHOOD.
ANXIETY.
POSTURE.
ANXIETY.
POSTURE.


AUTHOR(S): Valentine, Elizabeth R.
TITLE: The effect of lessons in the Alexander technique on music performance in high and low stress situations.
SOURCE: Psychology of Music 1995 Vol 23(2) 129-141
NOTE: U London, Royal Holloway, Dept of Psychology, Egham, England
ABSTRACT: 25 music performance students were assigned either to an experimental group that received 15 lessons in the Alexander technique, a method of kinesthetic re-education involving a new postural model associated with verbal instruction, and the inhibition of bad habits replaced by consciously directed action, or to a control technique, to investigate the experiential and behavioral effects on music performance in high or low stress situations. The experimental group showed improvement relative to the control group on measures of overall music and technical quality as judged by experts blind to the Ss's condition assignment, heart rate variance, self-rated anxiety and positive attitude to performance. With the exception of heart rate variance, these effects were restricted to performance in the low stress situations. There were no significant effects on height, peak flow or misuse as judged on the basis of video recordings of behavior.
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS:
3350.
STRESS.
PERFORMANCE ANXIETY.
STRESS MANAGEMENT.
MUSICIANS.
ADULTHOOD.


AUTHOR(S): Jones, Philip R.
TITLE: Psychology for physically disabled people.
SOURCE: Educational & Child Psychology 1992 Vol 9(1) 6-16
ABSTRACT: Argues that psychology has had little impact on the welfare of disabled people and explores a range of problems in relation to applied neuropsychology, social psychology, and individual therapy. The development of psychological and therapeutic services related to physical disability has evolved dysfunctional models both theoretically and in relation to how services are often presented and implemented. Conductive education (CE) is one viable approach for disabled children since it provides a preliminary framework to help them achieve orthofunction. Improved motor performance can be encouraged by borrowing approaches from sports psychology, the Alexander Technique (a psychophysical technique to disrupt dysfunctional proprioception which can be adapted for disabled people), and hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS:
3361.
PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
TREATMENT.


AUTHOR(S): Morrow, Felix.
TITLE: William James and John Dewey on consciousness: Suppressed writings.
SOURCE: Journal of Humanistic Psychology 1984 Win Vol 24(1) 69-79
ABSTRACT: In this article, which was read at an invitational conference convened by the Institute for Noetic Sciences, June 1982, the author discusses ways of introducing into the educational system new knowledge of the scope of consciousness. The way in which the academic world has ignored or suppressed W. James's writings on psychical research and the concept of cosmic consciousness is discussed as illustration. A similar process has befallen J. Dewey's writings on F. Matthias Alexander, which have vainly urged systematic scientific study of the Alexander technique and its incorporation into the educational system. In each of these cases, a great philosopher thought his views central to his Weltanschaung, but his literary executors found those views unpalatable enough to ignore them. (10 ref)
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS:
2140.
SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION.
PARAPSYCHOLOGY.
CONSCIOUSNESS STATES.
PERCEPTUAL MOTOR PROCESSES.
EDUCATION.


Newspaper Abstracts


HEADLINE: Personal Health
In: New York Times
B, 6:1
Jun 21, 1990
ABSTRACT: Jane E. Brody discusses the benefits of the Alexander technique in treating muscle tension problems related to posture.
OTHER ENTRIES: Health Muscular system
Commentary
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Illustration


HEADLINE: Health: Posture Perfect
In: Boston Globe
BGM, 64:1
Mar 18, 1990
ABSTRACT: The Alexander Technique, a subtle approach to posture and movement that offers flexibility, body awareness and help from chronic pain, is described.
OTHER ENTRIES: Pain Skeletal system Health
feature
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Illustration


HEADLINE: Fast-Track Tool: A Walk With Style
In: New York Times
C, 1:1
Feb 1, 1989
ABSTRACT: Learning how to walk with style is considered the new fashion statement for the 1990's as a means to accentuate simple clothing or a way to improve the impression made on others. Popular classes teach the Alexander technique and "eurythmy".
OTHER ENTRIES: Feet Walking Fashion Behavior
feature
Long (18+ col inches)
Photograph


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