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Selected Books about
the Alexander Technique

  1. Let Your Life Flow: The Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Benefits of the Alexander Technique (2002)
  2. Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique (1996)
  3. The Actor and the Alexander Technique (2002)
  4. How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students (1995)
  5. Fitness Without Stress: A Guide to the Alexander Technique (1998)
  6. The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life (1999)
  7. The Alexander Technique Manual: A Step-By-Step Guide to Improve Breathing, Posture and Well-Being (1996)
  8. A New Approach to the Alexander Technique: Moving Toward a More Balanced Expression of the Whole Self (1998)
  9. Your Guide to the Alexander Technique (1991)
  10. What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body: The Practical Application of Body Mapping & the Alexander Technique... (2000)
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Let Your Life Flow: The Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Benefits of the Alexander Technique
by Alex Maunder

Paperback: 256 pages (October 2002)
The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd; ISBN: 0852073577

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Book Description
The first book to explain the Alexander Technique in terms of energy flow and how we can direct energy with our thoughts.


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Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
by Michael J. Gelb, Laura Huxley (Photographer)

Paperback - 2nd edition (January 1996)
Henry Holt (Paper); ISBN: 0805042067

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I highly recommend Body Learning - Gelb, January 11, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from NC United States
I am a music major, and I am now in my third semester studying the Alexander Technique. This study has been the most important event in my musical life, and thankfully, it carries over into every other aspect of my life, as well. This book is the required reading for the course. Not that we get a grade on it. It's just immensely helpful. It's not a substitute for a trained Alexander teacher, but it provides another view point, a new way of putting things, of phrasing things, and can help the early AT student grasp the concept of it all a little better. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn more about the Alexander Technique, and improving the quality of your life.


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The Actor and the Alexander Technique
by Kelly R. McEvenue (Author)

Paperback 208 pages (August 17, 2002)
Palgrave Macmillan; ISBN: 0312295154

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F.M. Alexander developed the Alexander Technique of movement in the early 20th century. Combining vocal clarity and body movement, he developed a performance coaching method used today by dancers, actors, and singers. Kelly McEvenue shows for the first time how this technique can help actors feel more natural on the stage. She provides warm-up exercises, "balance" and "center" exercises, and spatial awareness exercises. She talks about imitation, the use of masks, nudity on the stage, and dealing with injury and aging. She talks about specific productions that have successfully used the Alexander Technique, such as "The Lion King." With a foreword by Patsy Rodenburg of The Actor Speaks, this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every working and studying actor.

About the Author
Kelly McEvenue is a certified teacher of the Alexander technique. She is one of the main acting coaches for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.


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How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students
by Barbara Conable, William Conable

Paperback - 168 pages ; 3rd Revision edition (July 1995)
Andover Pr; ISBN: 0962259543

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A primer for students of the Alexander Technique, a well-known method for improving freedom and ease of movement and physical coordination. This book provides the first authoritative account of William Conable's concept, Body Mapping, the study of how our ideas about our bodies affect our experience and movement. This concept is integrated with a lucid explanation of the Alexander Technique that clarifies and simplifies the task of teaching and learning the Techique.

About the Author
Barbara Conable is an Alexander teacher of 23 years experience and a teaching member of the North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and Alexander Technique International. She has taught at the Ohio State University and the Cincinnati Conservatory and is now President of Andover Educators. She is an active poet and the author and editor of several books about the Alexander Technique.


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Fitness Without Stress: A Guide to the Alexander Technique
by Robert M. Rickover

Hardcover: (July 1988)
Metamorphous Press; ISBN: 0943920329

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The author starts by exposing the myth the "fitness" is the same as health, and goes on to describe what real fitness is and how the Alexander Technique can help people achieve it. It contains several case histories, covers what happens during an Alexander lesson and how to find a qualified teacher. The book gives examples of how people have used the Technique in yoga, massage, the martial arts, physical therapy and pregnancy. It also provides a complete listing of Alexander Technique resources, including books and videos, magazines and journals and professional societies.

About the Author
Robert Rickover is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also teaches regularly in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the School of Alexander Studies in London, England in l981 where he later served on the faculty. He studied for over fifteen years with master Alexander teacher Marjorie Barstow and frequently assisted her in teaching her Alexander Technique workshops.

Robert has taught Alexander Technique classes at a number of colleges and universities including the University of Toronto, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Memorial University and Doane College. He has also taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and with the Voice Care Network. He has conducted Alexander Technique classes for groups as diverse as musicians, physical therapists, horseback riders, dentists and massage therapists. He is a faculty member of the Barstow/Alexander Institute held each June at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. Robert is a teaching member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), the North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (NASTAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI). He holds degrees in physics and economics from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life
by Pedro De Alcantara

Paperback: (September 1999)
Crowood Pr; ISBN: 1861262868

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
First Principles
The Use of the Self
Inhibition and Direction
The Lesson
Emotions
Health and Well-Being
Sports and Exercise
The Performing Arts
The Teacher
Conclusion
Bibliographical Notes
Further Reading


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The Alexander Technique Manual: A Step-By-Step Guide to Improve Breathing, Posture and Well-Being
by Richard Brennan

Paperback: 144 pages (October 1996)
Charles Tuttle Co.; ISBN: 1885203381

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Reader Review
Excellent introduction to the Alexander Technique, July 16, 1998
Reviewer: A reader from New York, NY
This is a great book for anyone who has heard about the many benefits of the Alexander Technique and would like to find out what it is. The Alexander Technique is often described in very mysterious terms when, in fact, it's quite a simple and practical process. And a very powerful process of self-transformation. Brennan's book is particularly valuable for the newcommer because of its great photographs. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this is certainly true for explaining the ideas of the Alexander Technique. The book also shows how the Alexander Technique can help with various specific activities. It also has some very interesting case histories. If you have an interest in learning more about the Alexander Technique, I'd get this book. Two other good introductions are "Body Learning" by Michael Gelb and "Fitness Without Stress - A Guide to the Alexander Technique" by Robert Rickover.


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A New Approach to the Alexander Technique: Moving Toward a More Balanced Expression of the Whole Self
by Glen Park

Paperback - 294 pages (March 1998)
Crossing Press; ISBN: 0895949180

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Excellent book, March 6, 2000
Reviewer: poised (see more about me at Amazon.com) from Seattle
The Alexander Technique is notoriously difficult to write about, though it is, in my view, the most powerful of the mind/body techniques. Glen Park presents the Technique in a way that is understandable to those with knowledge of New Age healing. While the Technique is arguably not New Age, having been developed in the last century, it deals with energy and the movement of energy through the body to create lasting change in your mind, body, and spirit. I found this book invaluable for explaining what happens when you give or recieve an Alexander Lesson. If you can possibly find and use the audiotape that goes with the book, you'll benefit greatly. I've had many Alexander lessons. Using Glen Park's tape kept Alexander Technique effects going for me at a time when I could not find an Alexander Teacher. Both the book and tape highly recommended. You may have to search "auctions" for the tape.


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Your Guide to the Alexander Technique
by John Gray

Paperback 176 pages (November 1991)
St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312064942

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I've tried the others-this IS the best one not written by FM, May 13, 1998
Reviewer: enrico.alvares@virgin.net
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I am a violinist with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Technique itself is an **invaluable** element of my life and work---and I would say this book is the best Alexander book not written by FM Alexander himself (it's also much easier to read than FM's brilliant but *very* Victorian prose). This would be my Desert Island Alexander book!


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What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body: The Practical Application of Body Mapping & the Alexander Technique to Making Music
by Barbara Conable

Spiral-bound: 101 pages ; Spiral edition (February 1, 2000)
Andover Pr; ISBN: 096225956X

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The practical application of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique to making music. Body Mapping is the study of how our concepts of our bodies affect our experience and movement. The Alexander Technique is a method for improving freedom and ease of movement and physical coordination. This book is a graphic presentation of ideas drawn from these two disciplines that is of great benefit to music students and teachers and others. --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.

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BoMi-Content: Combining awareness, vocal clarity and body movement, F. Matthias Alexander developed a performance coaching method used today by dancers, actors, and singers as well as by ordinary people ... it works on our Sixth Sense (kinesthesia: the sense of body movement and position) bringing it back to awareness.