Welcome! On this page you will find a variety of material of special interest to Alexander Technique students who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Technique, and to Alexander teachers and trainees. Click on the links below or scroll down the page to explore the material on this page.

 

Promoting Your Teaching Practice

Get a Website:

Many Alexander Technique teachers who have their own websites find that the majority of their new referrals come from their website. Unless you have all the students you want, it makes no sense whatsoever to be without one. Because of the way the web is presently structured, you cannot rely on the online or printed teachers’ listings of your professional society to bring you a significant number of new students. For almost any kind of business today, not having a website is at least the equivalent to not having a phone.  It’s a clear signal to potential students that you are not a really a professional.

Ways to Use the Web Effectively:

  • Click here to listen to several interviews with Alexander Technique teachers who have done this in different ways to promote their practice.

Other Tips for Promoting Your Practice:

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Information about Master Teachers

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He got a little ahead of himself while moving up!

Teacher Training Information

If you are thinking about training to become an Alexander Technique teacher, this link will provide you with information and advice: Alexander Technique Teacher Training.

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Information Sources

General Information Sources:

 

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Alexander Technique Self Study

For Alexander Technique students who are studying with little or no help from an Alexander teacher, suggestions and links to several useful resources can be found at: Alexander Technique Self-Study.

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Alternative and Controversial Views

  • Jeando Masoero in an Alexander Technique teacher in France who teaches what he calls the “Initial Alexander Technique” process, based at least in part on the work of Francois Delsarte.  You can listen to a series of podcasts with Jeando about his work, and the history of the Delsarte connection.
  • Jeroen Staring, a Dutch researcher, has written an extraordinarily detailed – and very provocative! – biography of F. Matthias Alexander, Frederick Matthias Alexander 1869-1955. The Origins and History of the Alexander Technique, A medical historical analysis of F.M. Alexander’s Life, Work, Technique, and Writings. Click here to read a summary of the book and learn how to order it.
  • John Appleton is an Alexander Technique teacher and the developer of Posture Release Imagery. He puts forward some fascinating new self-help ideas based on imagery, which is sometimes a taboo subject in the Alexander Technique teaching world. They require some patience to understand at first, but many have found his ideas to be very helpful. Click here to learn more about his work
  • Lessons and Learning by Nicholas Brockbank takes a critical look at Alexander Technique teaching methods.
  • A Response to “A Crucial Distinction: Manner and Conditions of Use” by Joe Armstrong and a sanitized version, What’s the Use?, by Robert Rickover, originally published in the AmSAT Newsletter, explore the distinction between conditions of use and manner of use.
  • Why are most Alexander Technique teachers insecure? – Short video by Luke Ford
  • Would a drill sargent be a good Alexander Technique teacher? – Another Luke Ford video
  • Is the Monkey out to Lunch? – by Nicholas Brockbank, takes aim at the sacred simian.
  • Listen to an interview with Jen Tarr, author of the study referenced below, describing the study and it’s implications.
  • Educating with the hands: working on the body ⁄ self in Alexander Technique – A critical study of the Alexander Technique teaching culture from the Sociology of Health & Illness Read her study here (PDF download)
  • The Transistor and the Technique, by Robert Rickover, originally published in the AmSAT Newsletter, explores some serious problems in the transmission of the Technique from FM’s head and hands to the heads and hands of today’s teachers.
  • Upon Reflection – Alexander teacher Joseph Boland suggest a rigorous review and overhaul of the Alexander Technique.
  • Monitoring and Analyzing “Use” – Alexander teacher Joseph Boland challenges some conventional ideas about how to improve use.
  • Use of the Hips by Nicholas Brockbank questions whether going for maximum length is always the best idea.
  • Michael Protzel has written two very provocative articles, “Why do we Tense our Necks?” and “Alexander’s Error ” in which he asks some fundamental questions about the basis of the Alexander Technique. These can be found at uprighting.com.
  • Alexander’s Dream by Robert Rickover, originally published in Direction, asks how we can – as FM desired – do away with the Alexander Technique teaching profession.
  • Change – by Nicholas Brockbank discusses some non-Alexander ways to change.
  • Who Was Alexander by Robert Rickover exposes some myths about the man.
  • In 1998 a spirited debate took place on the Alexander Technique Email list concerning the validity of the Alexander Technique. It has been posted by Direction Journal on the web: “On Belief Systems and Learning”

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Several books related to teaching the Alexander Technique can be found at Alexander Technique Books.

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