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

by Steven Shaw

Paperback/Published 2009

Find good information, practical exercises and great photos on applying the Alexander Technique to swimming.

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Medicine and Science (including Back Pain)

Back Trouble

Back Trouble - A New Approach to Prevention and Recovery Based on the Alexander Technique
by Deborah Caplan, PT
Paperback/Published 1987
Describes how the Alexander Technique can help people with back problems. Includes preventative positions and gentle exercises.
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The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique - How to Use Your Body Without Stress
by Dr. Wilfred Barlow M.D.
Paperback/Published 1991
A good general description of the Alexander Technique by a medical doctor.
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The Lost Sixth Sense

The Lost Sixth Sense:
A Medical Scientist Looks at the Alexander Technique

by David Garlick
Booklet/Published 1990
An examination of the physiological mechanisms in the human body and how they relate to the principles of the Alexander Technique.
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How Our Body Works

Mind and Muscle - An Owner's Manual

Mind and Muscle - An Owner's Handbook
by Elizabeth Langford
Paperback/Published 1999
An excellent practical explanation of the way our body functions by an experienced Alexander Technique teacher. A good resource for studying on your own. Useful exercises are included in each chapter.
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The Well-Tuned Body

The Well-Tuned Body:
Banish Back Pain With Gentle Exercises Based on the Alexander Technique

by Penny Ingham
Paperback/Published 2006
A light-hearted but practical book that offers easy and effective solutions to posture problems at home and at work, with illustrated exercises to help you break the bad habits and learn to relax your body.
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Stress Reduction

The Undivided Self

The Undivided Self:
Alexander Technique and the Control of Stress

by Theodore Dimon
Paperback/Published in 1999
A guide to preventing stress by changing the mental and muscular habits that cause it using the basic principles of the Alexander Technique.
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Exercise

Zone Mind, Zone Body

Zone Mind, Zone Body
by Roy Palmer
Paperback/Published 2006
Primarily intended for those who have had Alexander Technique lessons. Easy to read text and very well illustrated.
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Master the Art of Working Out

Master the Art of Working Out:
Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique

by Malcolm Balk and Andrew Shields
Paperback/Published 2007
The authors address the frustration - and injuries - that so often accompany physical exercise and show how the application of the Alexander Technique can enable your workouts to have the desired effects.
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Balanced Lifestyle

The Art of Effortless Living

The Art of Effortless Living
by Ingrid Bacci, PhD
Hardcover and Paperback/Published 2000
A practical guide to achieving more by doing less, informed in large measure by the author's extensive experience with the Alexander Technique.
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Voice

The Voice Book

The Voice Book
by Michael McCallion
Paperback/Revised 1999
This book is an invitation to become more aware of our voice, and how to learn how to improve it using the principles of the Alexander Technique.
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The Thought Propels the Sound

The Thought Propels the Sound
by Janet M. Feindel
Paperback/Published 2008
An overview of basic voice and speech production principles and how the Alexander Technique can integrate these principles into the rehearsal process.
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Swimming

The Art of Swimming

The Art of Swimming:
In a New Direction with the Alexander Technique

by Steven Shaw and Armand D'Angour
Paperback/Published 1996
Good information about how the Alexander Technique can be applied to swimming. Includes several practical exercises.
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Master the Art of Swimming

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

by Steven Shaw
Paperback/Published 2009
Steven Shaw's second book on this subject. Good information, practical exercises and great photos.
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Running

Master the Art of Running

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

by Malcolm Balk and Andrew Shields
Paperback/Published 2009
A practical guide for applying the principles of the Alexander Technique to running. Several personal accounts and a great many photos.
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Golf

Golf Sense

Golf Sense:
Practical Tips On How To Play Golf In The Zone

by Roy E. Palmer
Paperback/Published 2010
The author explains how you can play with less stress, and take control of your game using Alexander Technique principles.
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Posture

Towards Perfect Posture

Towards Perfect Posture
by Brian Door
Paperback/Published 2003
An experienced Alexander teacher provides tips on improving your posture in everyday life.
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The Busy Body

The Busy Body:
Stress-Free Posture for Modern Life

by Penny Ingram and Colin Shelbourn
Published 2002
Practical ways of looking after yourself at work and at home from an Alexander Technique perspective.
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Towards Perfect Posture
by Dr. Grahame Fagg
Paperback/Published 2006
Dr. Fagg was a British paediatrician concerned with the effects of poor posture on general health and well-being. He was also a serious student of the Alexander Technique and the book incorporates the insights he gained from that experience.
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Horse Riding

Revolutionize Your Riding with the Alexander Technique

BodySense:
Revolutionize Your Riding with the Alexander Technique

by Sally Tottle
Hardcover/Published 1998
A guide combining the Alexander Technique and the development of horseback skills. Filled with photos and detailed drawings.
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Riding without Stress

Riding Success without Stress - Book I:
Developing Self-Carriage in the Rider

by Joni Bentley
Hardcover/Published 1997
Contains a short introduction to the Alexander Technique and a great many practical suggestions and exercises to improve riding skills.
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Psychology

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Kinesthetic Ventures
by Ed Bouchard and Benjamin D. Wright
Paperback/Published 1998
Exploration of the mind-body link based on the works of F.M. Alexander, Konstantine Stanislavski and Sigmund Freud.
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Yoga

Know the Game: Yoga

Know the Game
Yoga

by Chris Stevens
Booklet/Published 1995
A basic introduction to Yoga from the perspective of an Alexander Teacher.
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Pilates Method

The Mind Body Workout

The Mind Body Workout
with Pilates and the Alexander Technique

by Lynne Robinson and Helge Fisher
Paperback/Published 1998
A series of gentle stretch exercises based on the Pilates Method and the Alexander Technique.
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Spiritual Development

Constructive Awareness

Constructive Awareness:
Alexander Technique and the Spiritual Quest

by Daniel McGowan
Paperback/Published 1997
Interesting exploration of how a properly-functioning body can help us live in the moment and attain spiritual aspirations.
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The Sacred Portable Now

The Sacred Portable Now: The Transforming Gift of Living in the Moment
by Daniel Singer
Hardcover/Published 1999
Emphasis on becoming more aware during everyday activities. Although the Alexander Technique is not mentioned, its influence is clear.
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Practice of Presence

Practice of Presence: Five Paths for Daily Life
by Patty De Llosa
Paperback/Published 2006
Guidance on contacting your inner truth using five paths, one of which is the Alexander Technique.
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Zen in the Art of Archery

Zen in the Art of Archery
by Eugen Herrigel
Paperback/Published 1999
This spiritual classic is not about the Alexander Technique, but it does a wonderful job of illustrating the Alexander Technique principle of "non-doing."
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Acting

The Actor and the Alexander Technique

The Actor and the Alexander Technique
by Kelly McEvenue, Foreword by Patsy Rodenburg
Paperback/Published 2001
A practical guide to the Technique for actors who desire a more efficient use of their body. Includes step-by-step warm-ups and exercises.
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Dance

Alexander Technique for Dancers

Alexander Technique for Dancers
by Jane Kominsky
DVD/2007
A 2-disc DVD set that explains what the Technique is and how dancers can use it to correct alignment, improve dance technique and artistry, and decrease the risk of injury.
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Teaching the Alexander Technique

Thinking Aloud

Thinking Aloud:
Talks on Teaching the Alexander Technique

by Walter Carrington
Hardcover/Published 1994
A wealth of practical information for Alexander Teachers and serious students from one of the great master teachers of the Technique.
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Personally Speaking

Personally Speaking:
Walter Carrington on the F. M. Alexander Technique
in Discussion with Sean Cary
Paperback/Published 2001
Insights from a master teacher of the Alexander Technique.
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Time to Remember

Time to Remember:
Personal Diary of Teaching the F. M. Alexander Technique in 1946

by Walter Carrington
Paperback/Published 1996
Accounts from a master teacher of the Alexander Technique.
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Not to "Do"
by Finoa Robb
Hardcover/Published 1999
Account of a series of lessons with the late Margaret Goldie, one of the first teachers trained by F. M. Alexender. The book not only provides insights into her teaching style, but is also an excellent resource for students and teachers of the Alexander Technique.
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The Alexander Technique As I See It

The Alexander Technique As I See It
by Patrick MacDonald
Paperback/Published 1989
A summation of the approach to the Alexander Technique by one of the most influencial teachers of the Technique.
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Made to Stick

Made to Stick:
Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

by Dan and Chip Heath
Hardcover/Published 2007
An invaluable resource for Alexander Technique teachers who wish to convey the essential ideas of the Technique to the general public.
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Other books about teaching the Alexander Technique are available from The Alexander Technique Bookstore (USA and Canada)

Functional Chair Design

The Chair

The Chair:
Rethinking Culture, Body and Design

by Galen Cranz
Paperback/Published 1999
History, anatomy and ergonomics of chair design explored by an Alexander Technique teacher with an emphasis on the importance of an easy upright posture when sitting.
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Juggling

More Balls Than Hands

More Balls Than Hands:
Juggling Your way to Success by Learning to Love Your Mistakes

by Michael Gelb
Hardcover/Published 2004
An approach to juggling based on the principles of the Alexander Technique. Includes a good description of the Technique.
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Leonardo Da Vinci

How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci:
Seven Steps to Everyday Genius

by Michael Gelb
Paperback/Published 1998
A practical guide based in part on Gelb's experience as a teacher of the Alexander Technique.
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Alexander Technique for Children

Befiddled
by Pedro De Alcantara
Paperback/Published 2005
A novel, written by an Alexander Technique teacher and musician, does a very nice job of conveying some basic Alexander concepts to its target audience, children aged 9-12.
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