Ways to Support this Site at No Cost to You
Click on the links below or scroll down the page to find out more.
Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk
Inexpensive Professional Websites for Alexander Technique Teachers
Audio Interview for your Website
Reliable, Low Cost, User-Friendly Web Hosting
Extremely Low Cost Domain Name Registration
Mobile Version of your Website
Protecting Your Computer from Data Loss
Soda Club Home Soda Water Maker
Vitamins and Herbal Products
Low Cost Magazine Subscriptions
Hotwire.com Travel Site
Liability Insurance for Alexander Technique Teachers (and Massage Therapists and other Bodyworkers)
General Website and Internet Advice
CONTACT - FEEDBACK - SUPPORT
This website as well as Ergonomics.org, PhysicalTherapy.org, Pilates and Alexander, Alexander Audio, Alexander Video, BodyLearningCast, BodyLearningBlog and the other Alexander Technique sites listed at the bottom of this page*, were designed to be of use to the worldwide Alexander Technique community.
My name is Robert Rickover, and I am the creator and webmaster of these sites. I am an Alexander Technique teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I also teach regularly in Toronto, Canada.
I hope one or more of my sites has been helpful for you and that you will consider supporting the work that goes into maintaining them using the suggestions below. Thank you!
My purpose in creating these websites has been to present relevant resources in a systematic and user-friendly format. If you have suggestions for changes or additions, or if you know of any information that I have not listed, please click here for my contact information. I am always looking for new material to include.
The maintenance of these sites takes a fair amount of time. If you would like to help support this project, please consider using the links listed on this page. Many take you directly to the homepages of the companies listed while generating small commissions for me on any purchases you make - at absolutely no cost or inconvenience to you. Some of these suggestions may well save you time and money. These are all companies I use myself on a regular basis.
Please note: In order for me to receive a commission on anything you order from the companies listed on this page, you have to use the links on this page. If you bookmark the page you get to by using one of these links, future purchases will not be credited to me. Please bookmark this page and use it as a way of getting to companies you may wish to use in the future. I realize that requires one extra step, but it does a great deal to help support these sites.
You can also easily made a direct contribution of any amount to the site via PayPal by clicking on the button below. Your support is much appreciated!
Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk
One easy way you can help defray the expenses of maintaining this site is to use the AMAZON links on this site when ordering books, CDs and other merchandise from AMAZON.COM, AMAZON.CA or AMAZON.CO.UK.
If you plan to purchase Alexander Technique books, CDs etc., AMAZON.COM, AMAZON.CO.UK and AMAZON.CA, consider ordering other items at the same time. By consolidating your order, you save on shipping costs and provide additional support to this site. Your AMAZON.COM purchases are completely free of US state and local sales taxes. AMAZON.CA does charge GST and PST.
Click here to go to the Alexander Technique Bookstore (USA and Canada) in Association with AMAZON.COM and AMAZON.CA
Click here to to go the Alexander Technique Bookshop (UK) in Association with AMAZON.CO.UK
AMAZON.COM, AMAZON.CO.UK and AMAZON.CA also pay us a commission for any item ordered at any time through our links to their home pages. Please use one of these links when making future purchases of any kind.* Your support is greatly appreciated! (I'd like to say a special "thank you" for all the people who have done this. It is incredibly gratifying to see, as I do on occasion, a day's listing of book orders, none of which are related to my websites!)
(*For technical reasons to do with how Amazon processes these links, the page they take you to cannot be "bookmarked" in the usual way. You need to use the actual links on this page - you have to bookmark this page in order to do this - or you can go to this page where just the links and their underlying URLs are listed. Then you can bookmark that page or, if you prefer, insert the relevant URL directly into your browser preferences folder.)
Websites for Alexander Technique Teachers
If you are an Alexander Technique teacher you can quickly and easily have your own customized and professionally-designed website for very little money - absolutely no technical expertise needed! For the design of your website, I recommend Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher and website designer. For hosting (that is making your website available for viewing on the web) please consider Alexander Technique Website Hosting, a service designed primarily for the Alexander Technique teaching community. If you host your site with me, you help support my Alexander Technique websites and you get technical help not easily available elsewhere. You can also have a free MP3 interview for your site if you host with me.
Audio Interview for your Website
An MP3 interview with you for your website can go a long way towards making perspective students comfortable with the idea of calling you to arrange a lesson. You can listen to several examples here. To learn more about the process and how to arrange an interview click here. (These interviews are all with teachers of the Alexander Technique. However you can certainly arrange for an interview if you work in a different field.)
Alexander Technique Website Hosting is a website hosting service desgined specifically for the needs of the Alexander Technique teaching community. You get the benefits of world class hosting facilities at a very competitive price combined with a high level of personalized support not readily available elsewhere. You also get a free MP3 audio interview to use on your website and the knowledge that you are supporting my many Alexander Technique websites.
Robert is easy to work with and is very supportive. He helped me se up my web hosting, walking me through it step by step. I would highly recomend him!
- Dory Steinmetz, Long Beach, California Website: dorysteinmetz.com
When I decided to step out into the world of the internet with a website, I turned to my good friend Robert Rickover. He came through for me with wonderful web hosting services including helping me find and register my domain name. In Alexander fashion, Robert made my entry into the world of technology easeful and simple. It was easy to move on from GoDaddy to his hosting service. I am so grateful to Robert who is always there for me if I have a question or concern.
- Joanie Levine Mercer, Austin, Texas, Website: joanie-mercer.com
You can read additial testimonials here.
Inexpensive Domain Name Registration
If you have a website with it's own domain name, you will need to register that name. Over the past decade, registration costs have dropped from $100/year to under $10/year for most domains. Yet many people are still paying $15-20/year or more for what is essentially a simple record-keeping process. I've found 1&1 to be the least expensive registrar available, but without any sacrifice in convenience, control panel ease of use or customer service. Many special features such as private domain registration, that you would normally pay extra for are, included for free.
If you click on the logo and order any service from them, I receive a small commission. If you are planning to host your site using Alexander Technique Website Hosting I will be glad to help you choose a suitable domain name and talk you through the resistration process on the phone. If you've not registered a domain name before, the process can be a little trickly and I will make it as easy as possible for you.
Mobile Version of your Website
More and more people are accessing the web by using smart phones. Many experts believe that by 2013 or 2014, this will account for the majority of web searches. Because of their small screens, regular websites do not show up well and are very hard to navigate on these devices. Already many local and national companies provide mobile versions of their websites. Listen to an interview on this topic.
Computing is moving onto mobile. Even if I have a computer next to me, I’ll still be on my mobile device. - Larry Page, CEO of Google
I've done quite a bit of research about the easiest way for a small business (such as an Alexander Technique teacher) to get a mobile version of their site and at the moment GetGoMobi stands out for their low price (about $8/month), their free software which allows you to create your own site, and for their excellent customer service. This is much, much more economical than most of the alternatives now available. My own site at alexandertechnique.com as well as those of my colleagues Imogen Ragone at imogenragone.com , Malcolm Balk at alexandertechmontreal.com , Eileen Troberman at alexandertechniquesandiego.com and Jane Staggs at alexandertechnique.com/cambridge now have GoMobi mobile versions. (You can only see them by going to these sites using a smartphone.)
I believe that over time, as the importance of having mobile version becomes increasingly clear, other options will become available. One of the nice things about GetGoMobi is that you are not obligated to sign a contract with them to use their service - you can pay month-by-month and so you can easily switch to another company later on - and you can try it free for 30 days. Even now a mobile version of your site is more than likely to pay for itself in terms of reaching new customers and GetGoMobi is an excellent choice, if only as a transitional solution.
If you click on the GetGoMobi image or one of the links above to order a mobile site, I get a small commission which helps support my Alexander Technique websites.
If you would like help creating the mobile version of your website, Imogen Ragone (Alexander teacher and website designer) now offers a service to help you set it up using the GetGoMobi platform. Your mobile website will be a very pared down version of your regular website suitable for viewing on a smart phone. There is always the option to view the standard site on your smartphone if your visitors want more information. To set up a basic mobile website the cost is $100. Contact Imogen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302 384 8454 for more details.
Protecting your Computer from Data Loss
A computer hard drive crash can present a host of serious problems. Just imagine the consequences of losing all you files, photos etc. An external hard-drive backup is a good first step, but will not help if there is a fire or theft or, as can happen where I live, a tornado strikes your home. For about a dollar a week, you can back up all your files in a safe, secure location - in the "cloud" as computer folks like to call it. I did quite a bit of research before choosing a company to back-up my own computer data - which includes a huge number of audio and video files - and settled upon Carbonite. It has a well-deserves reputation for reliability and ease of use. The short video on their site explains the features of their service very nicely. If you send me an email from my Contact Page, I'll have Carbonite send you an email that offers you a free 15-day trial and a free extra month of service, equivalent to about a 10% savings. If you purchase their service, I will receive an extension of my own service which helps support my websites.
Soda Club Home Soda Maker
I've used Soda Club for over five years. It is an extremely convenient method of making carbonated soda (plain or flavored) in your home at a fraction of what it costs at the store. (My personal favorite is plain soda with a little fresh lime juice.) I go through at least four to five glasses a day and reckon I save at least $600/year over store-bought club soda. Using Soda Club allows you to avoid having to cary cartons of plastic bottles home, not to mention the ecological advantages of consuming less plastic. If you
click here or on the image and order from them, I receive a commission.
The Soda Club Soda Maker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. And I love not having to carry home 12-packs of sparking water. - Lucinda Z., Lincoln, Nebraska
Drugstore.com offers a wide range of health products - just about anything you would find in a very large drugstore. Their prices are excellent, as is their customer service. If you click here or on the image and order from them, I receive a small commission.
Puritan's Pride Vitamins and Herbal Products
Puritan's Pride is a large mail-order source of vitamins and herbal products. They carry just about any product of this type you can imagine and their prices are excellent, as is their customer service. If you click here, or on the image and order from them, I receive a small commission.
Low Cost Magazine Subscriptions
Magazineline offers remarkable savings on just about any magazine you can think of. I've found them to very efficient at processing orders. Click here, or on the image to order from them, and I receive a small commission.
Hotwire Travel Site
Hotwire is a travel site that, in my experience consistently has the lowest airfares and hotel rates. It features an easy-to-use interface. I'll receive a small commission if you click here or on the hotwire logo and make a purchase.
If you are an Alexander Technique teacher, (or a massage therapist or other type of bodyworker), and are looking for liability insurance, I highly recommend the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals. You can get information from their website, or via Email, or by phoning 1-800-458-2267. They are friendly, efficient and offer discounts for AT teachers who are members of ATI. If you indicate you were referred by me (Robert Rickover, Membership ID 140075), I receive a discount on my own policy, which helps pay for this website.
Website and Internet Advice
Over the past few years, I've learned quite a bit about how the internet works and I am available for email or telephone consultations should you want help or advice on getting started with a website of your own and successfully promoting it. An initial free consultation will allow us to determine if I can be of help to you. You can contact me by email or by phone: 402-475-4433.
Finally, if any of my sites (see below) have been useful to you and you'd like to share your experiences with other visitors, please send them to me at this Email Contact
2434 Ryons Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68502
Click here to find out more about my teaching, or to order a copy of Fitness Without Stress - A Guide to the Alexander Technique.
*Alexander Technique websites created and maintained by Robert Rickover:
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
Body Learning Blog
Ergonomics and Alexander Technique
Pilates and Alexander Technique
The Posture Page
Physical Therapy and Alexander Technique
The Performance Page
Alexander Technique Teacher Training
Alexander Technique Blogs
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