The Alexander Technique
on the World Wide Web:
a student's guide

AT Organizations
What is AT?
AT and the Performing Arts

Related Sites

The Websites of major International
Alexander Technique Organizations

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(1) AmSat: American Society for the Alexander Technique
The official website: (Nancy Crego is a certified member of AmSAT.)
A large collection of articles; information about how to find teachers, books; links.

"The Alexander Technique is a way to relieve pain and stress caused by unconscious habits
— the way you sit, stand and move in your daily life. You learn the method through
a series of personally tailored sessions with an Alexander Technique teacher, a highly-trained
posture and movement specialist. With the teachers guidance and soothing
touch, you learn how to release deep-seated tensions and restore
the body's inherent poise and grace."

(2) Society of Teachers for the Alexander Technique
The official website for the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT).
based in London. (Officially affiliated with AmSAT in the US, CANSTAT
in Canada, AuSTAT in Australia and other national organizations.)
"Established in 1958, STAT is the largest regulatory body for the
Alexander Technique. The alexander Technique is a practical method
developed by FM Alexander (1869-1955) for changing the way we 'use'
ourselves in the activities of everyday life...It is based on the principle
that each of us functions as a whole and first, to effect change, one
must learn to consciously prevent unwanted, unnecessary
and harmful habits..."

(3) ATI: Alexander Technique International
The official website for an interesting, alternative approach to the AT:
A large, well-organized collection of articles and links. (Winner of BBC award)
"The Alexander Technique is based on exceptionally sophisticated
observation, not only by means of vision, but to a surprising
extent by using the sense of touch. I noticed with growing amazement, very
striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure,
breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness, mental alertness,
resilience against outside pressures and also in such refined skills
as the playing of a stringed musical instrument."

Nikolaas Tinbergen

(4) Urbana-Champaign (IL) Teachers of the Alexander Technique
A website by Rick Carbaugh. (This is where Nancy Crego trained as an Alexander Teacher.)
Includes a very useful directory of AT teachers in North America.

"The Urbana-Champaign Teachers of Alexander Technique are an informal
affiliation of certified teachers available to all individuals, businesses
and organizations within our community who are interested in learning
the benefits of the Alexander Technique for managing tension and pain,
acquiring improved co-ordination, and developing a healthier use of ourselves."

(5) The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
by Robert Rickover's website, one of the first on the Internet, with a large collection
of articles, links, Internet Discussion Group and Bulletin Board and more. Rickover is
on the faculty of the Annual Barstow Alexander Technique Institute in
Lincoln, Nebraska USA.

(6) Alexander Technique Teachers' Society, New Zealand (Inc)

(7) Técnica Alexander
by Xavier Ortiz (Profesor de técnica Alexander)

(8) Alexander Technique Switzerland
French and German

(9) Alexander Technique School: Alexander Alliance
by Martha & Bruce Fertman

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Alexander Technique Journals

(1) Direction A Journal on the Alexander Technique
One of the leading publications devoted to the AT.
Jeremy Chance, editor.

(2) ATI Journal Exchange
The official journal of Alexander Technique International, with a
growing collection of on-line articles.

Describing the Technique
"It's so simple it's shocking"
 Marjorie Barstow

(1) Describing the Technique
From the ATI website: "After working for a lifetime in this
new field, I am conscious that the knowledge gained is but a
beginning, but I think I may confidently predict that those who
are sufficiently interested in the findings I have recorded, and who
will be guided by them in any further search, will find their outlook and
understanding towards the question of control of human reaction
(behaviour) so completely changed that they will see that knowledge
of the self is fundamental to all other."  Frederick Matthias Alexander, 1869-1955

(2) The F.M. Alexander Technique
by Marian Goldberg "We are often unaware of habits that cause
us stress and interfere with our ability to respond effectively to the stimuli
in our daily lives. How can we change our habits so that we can respond
more effectively and achieve better functioning? This fundamental problem
is addressed and dealt with in the Alexander Technique, a method that has
been recognized for 100 years as a unique and remarkably effective technique
of mind-body reeducation."

(3) What is AT?
From the AmSAT website: "A proven approach to self care, the Alexander
Technique is a method that people of all ages and abilities can learn
to relieve the pain and stress caused by everyday misuse of the body.
With the Alexander Technique, you learn how to strip away the
movement habits and tensions patterns at the root of your discomfort.
You learn how to balance your own body and take charge of your own health.
You learn how to sit, stand and move — with safety, efficiency and ease."

(4) Description of Technique from DIRECTION
From the DIRECTION Journal website.

(5) The Insiders' Guide to the Alexander Technique
From the Alexander Technique Center of Washington, D.C.

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The Alexander Technique and
the Performing Arts

(1) An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
for Pianists and their Teachers

by Deborah Fishbein Adams
Reprinted from Exchange, The ATI Journal
"A student enters the studio for a lesson in the Alexander Technique. Before
her is a chair, perhaps a table and a mirror. The teacher guides the student
to the chair, his hands perceptively, gently cradling her head. He
says, "neck free, head forward and up.What does this instruction mean?
What is the purpose of this extraordinary event?"

(2) Singers, Singing Teachers and the Alexander Technique
from The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique, by Sandra Head
"I have been a professional singer of theater and classical music for over
25 years. For the last fifteen years, I have also been a singing teacher
at the post-secondary level. About eight years ago I began to notice a
significant rise in tension when I sang and taught. It began with my awareness
that I was stiffening my neck, and feeling increased nervousness about performing."

(3) What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body
a large website presented by Andover Educators, founded by Barbara Conable
"Musicians all over America are suffering from pain and limitation in
their playing, many to the point of losing their careers. Most of these
musicians hurt because they misuse their bodies, not because of disease
or structural anomalies. Music medicine is relevant to a minority of
suffering musicians; most only require information and retraining.

Music teachers have long had to teach without an effective way of
conveying information about the instrument that every musician
plays-the body. Until now, music teachers had to convey information
about movement intuitively, sometimes with misuse built in.

The Solution: The information provided in the course and text
What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body is precisely
the information needed by musicians to prevent pain and injury
and to promote excellence in practicing and performing."

(a) Pianist's Injuries: Movement Retraining is the Key to Recovery
by Thomas Mark "Repetitive stress injuries bring misery to many pianists.
They are very common, and the pain they cause can be dreadful."

(4) The Alexander Technique for Musicians
"The Alexander Technique is a means for changing habits and improving
coordination. The Technique can have great benefits for musicians dealing
with excess tension, stress or pain problems and for musicians wanting
|to enhance performance skills and expression. The Alexander Technique is
included in the curriculum of a number of conservatories and university music
departments. This site features informative articles and links to resources
for musicians." Website maintained by Marian Goldberg
Alexander Technique Center of Washington, D.C.

(5) Guitar Craft and the Seattle Guitar Circle, an approach
to learning the art of guitar playing which integrates the AT.

"If you are interested in learning more about Guitar Craft, a
number of
Robert Fripp's published and unpublished articles are
reproduced here. Also provided are links to registrars and other
authorized sources of information."

(6) Tools to Learn about Ourselves and How to Change
Another extensive website with work related to the AT,
developed by David Gorman

(7) The AT and Dance
"Jayne Stevens and Martin Leach, members of PAAT teaching in
The Department of Performing Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester
and working in cooperation with academic colleagues there, have
published a series of academic articles on the relationship between
the Alexander Technique and the performing arts." Collection of 5 papers.

(8) Photographs: Musicians Applying Principles of the AT
From a webpage by Jane Brown, School of Music, Appalachian State University
Boone, NC USA.

(9) The Alexander Technique: It's Role in Dance Training
by Glenna Batson, PT, MA (Dance) "Dance is a performing art built upon
the ebb and flow of muscular tension. Through muscular tension, dancers express
their aesthetic sensibilities. The word "dance," in fact, stems from the Old High German
"danson," meaning to stretch, and from the earlier Sanskrit root "tan," meaning tension.
The building and resolution of tensions we experience in performance touches us deeply --
kinesthetically, emotionally, and spiritually."

(10) The AT and Performance
Featured at a website by Michael Shellshear in Australia. "If you are a performer
there are great benefits to be had through the study of Alexander Technique.
Many of the finest acting schools and music conservatoriums in the world have
Alexander Technique departments."

(11) Dance, Movement, and Sports Medicine Internship Program
The Body Technic Systems® Dance, Movement and Sports Medicine Internship Program
|is a 6-9 day course, taken over a series of 3-day weekends. Each weekend has a particular
focus featuring experts in those fields.  The course is designed for dancers, physical
therapists, sports medicine specialists, athletic trainers, or those with a background
or related interests in movement training methods.

[Photo: Nancy Crego demonstrating a point of Alexander Technique with
Internship participant, Gary Schudel.]

(12) The Alexander Technique and Musicians
by John S Hunter BA, MSTAT.
'The Alexander Technique is not about "good posture for bad backs". 
It is one of the most subtle ways of taking responsibility for our continuing
growth and development as human beings."


(14) Alexander Technique: Posture & Movement for Back Pain and Stress

(15) Pedro de Alcantara

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Other Related Sites...

(1) The Repetitive Strain Injuries-Center
The Dutch RSI-Center
"Visiting this site, you are probably interested in Repetitive Strain Injuries.
RSI is the disease of the modern age, although it has been with us for centuries.
Monks apparently already caught it in the middle ages. But there is one major
difference with back then: by using computers, we now are almost all at risk.
To make it even worse, around 40% of workers at risk are already hit by
some form of RSI."

(2) Repetitive Strain Injuries
A unique assortment of software and links to aid those who suffer from
RSI but who still need to work at a computer."RSIGuard software uses
an integrated approach to reduce repetitive computer activity, and monitor/log
your computer behavior & usage.

(3) Natural Vision Improvement
An interesting site form Peter Grunwald in New Zealand
"Good body-posture is a vital ingredient for improving vision! A stooped
stance tends to contract the brain stem, contracts optic nerves, eye muscles,
retina, the visual pathways and the visual cortex within the brain.

The Alexander Technique, renowned for body ease and lightness, brings
to our attention 'habits of misuse' and facilitates a new awareness to use
our bodies more effectively."

(4) Bio-ergonomics and the Alexander Technique
A website from Babette Markus.

(5) The Alexander Technique: An Innovative Approach to Reducing
Physical Tension and Stress
 An article by Karen H. Siegal, Ph.D.
from "Practical Psychology for Physicians." "Most physicians frequently encounter patients
who suffer either directly or indirectly from severe chronic physical tension. Eternal
regimens of minor tranquilizers sometimes must seem the only solution for these
patients, many of whom have already had extensive psychotherapy. But the problems
in prolonged use of these drugs have received enough publicity that both doctor
and patient seek alternative. The Alexander Technique addresses itself to just such
physical tension and to related disorders, with great success."

(6) The AT for Riders
How to order a tape and book from Sally Tottle.

(7) The AT and Children

(8) Marjorie Barstow Homepage
"Marjorie Barstow, from Lincoln, Nebraska was the first person to graduate from
F. M. Alexander's first training course in 1933. After working as A. R. Alexander's
assistant in Boston and New York, she returned to Lincoln. She continued teaching
in Nebraska until shortly before her death in 1995 at age 95."

(See also: Aphorisms of Marjorie Barstow Collected by Marion Miller
and Jeremy Chance, from the ATI website.)

(9) Alexander Technique Consultants
Backsaver Promotional.pdf

(10) The VoiceCare Network

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Books and other materials
about the Technique

(1) STAT-Books
"STAT Books [based in London] has the most comprehensive collection
of books, articles and journals on the Alexander Technique for
purchase in the world."

(2) The Use of the Self: Big Sure Tapes
A two-cassette recording by John A. Baron. "F. M. Alexander's most popular book,
presents the core of his revolutionary technique of healing and self-actualization.
Alexander observed that incorrect "use of the self" - our basic patterning of movement
and expression - lies at the root of much human suffering. He sought the remedy
in himself, and after years of investigation, introduced his system of training to the world.

"Based on the observation that we trap ourselves in habits that impede our functioning,
Alexander's technique re-educates individuals to make the best use of their innate capacities -
what he calls "The Use of the Self."

"Though developed nearly a century ago, the Alexander Technique continues to increase
in popularity - because it works. People from all walks of life have benefitted from the
Alexander Technique, using it to decrease tension and overcome stress-related injuries.
Musicians and performing artists find the Technique enhances their performance.
Students of Gurdjieff and of Western Buddhist traditions have discovered significant
parallels with their own systems, and have employed the Alexander Technique as an
effective tool for training self-observation and mindfulness-in-action."

(3) AmSAT Book Catalogue
From the AmSAT website: An excellent overview of the AT literature
with information about how to order (off-line).

(4) The AT Bookstore  Order books on-line via Robert Rickover's
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique and AMAZON.COM.
"There are now a great many books, videos and audio cassettes available to
purchase about the Alexander Technique. Most of the more popular Alexander
Technique books may be ordered on-line at this web site through the Alexander
Technique Bookstore in association with AMAZON.COM BOOKS."

(5) AT Books at the Library: Toledo (Main Branch)
Ask your librarian for a pincode number so you can find, order and
have books and tapes delivered without charge to your local branch.
(1) Gelb, Michael. Body learning : an introduction to the Alexander technique (1981)
(2) Leibowitz, Judith, The Alexander technique (Harper & Row, 1990)
(3) Movement [video recording] directed by Celia Tait ; (1996)
(4) Stevens, Chris, Alexander technique : an introductory guide to the techniques and its
benefits (London : Vermilion, 1996) (5) Stransky, Judith. The Alexander technique : joy
in the life of your body (Beaufort Books, 1981)

(6) OhioLink A large selection of 51 books and video tapes

(7) The Back Alive Advantage

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AT Internet Discussion Groups, Resources

(1) AT Mailing List
Organized by Jeff Haas in Urbana, Illinois USA. An excellent way
to find out more about the AT on the Internet,
for both students
and teachers.

(2) Alexander Technique Community Web Services
"DIRECTION A Journal on the Alexander Technique is currently building for the use and benefit of the global Alexander Technique
Community. This Internet address will include a library, a global AT database,
Internet services and an extensive gallery of images of Alexander and
associated subjects. We are happy to announce applications are invited
for the following services:

1. FREE professional email address for Alexander Technique Teachers
and Teachers Societies now available by online application. Apply
for a FREE email redirect NOW or refer to our criteria for further details.
Change to any email account or move countries but retain as constant."

(3) AT On-line  A Guide to Interactive Alexander Technique
Internet Resources: Discussion Group ; Member Forum; Notice Boards;
Bulletin Board; On-line Book for Musicians. From Robert Rickover's
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique.

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AT Teacher Directories

(1) Directory of AT Teachers
certified teachers of the Technique.

| go to About Nancy Crego | go to Lessons | My Teaching Schedule |
| about The Alexander Technique |
| go to F.M. Alexander: The Teaching Aphorisms |
from the Aphorisms: (17) "Prevent the things you have been doing and you are half way home."
| Teaching Posters: Learning Forward and Up; The Startle Response; Lifting; Concepts of Use: I  |
(last update: I.6.2003)
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