Aphorisms by F. Matthias Alexander

£5.00. Hardback. 96 pages. 2000.

"Sensory appreciation conditions conception – you can't know a thing by an instrument that is wrong."
F. M. Alexander

These teaching aphorisms from Alexander's lessons provide succinct insights into the working of the Alexander Technique. These concise and sharp observations capture the spirit of the Alexander Technique: the appeal to awareness and reason as a way of life. Readers familiar with the Technique will discover much of interest – especially concerning the influence which habit and feeling have on human behaviour.

The beautiful, meditative illustrations were created by the artist Birgit Meyer-Woycke, who has studied the Alexander Technique for many years.

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Man's Supreme Inheritance by F. Matthias Alexander

Paperback. 250 pages. 1996.

This is the first book on Alexander's technique. It was first published in 1910 and subsequently revised and enlarged. The present edition consists of Alexander's authorized 1946 edition with additional material from earlier editions.

It contains two prefaces by Alexander, an introduction by John Dewey, and the section "To My Reader" with appreciations which were included in the 1918 Methuen edition but accidentally left out of later editions.

Ten appendices contain further material which was omitted from earlier editions, reviews of the 1910 and the 1918 editions, extracts from reviews, a printing history and a text comparison table of the 1910 and the 1918 editions. As well as the original photographs the book contains additional illustrations. Foreword by Walter Carrington.

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The Universal Constant in Living by F. Matthias Alexander

£35.00. Hardback. 416 pages. 2000.

The Universal Constant in Living was Alexander's fourth and last book. It contains his most mature and consummate thoughts on the Technique: knowledge accumulated in the course of more than 45 years of practical teaching experience.

This edition consists of the complete text of Alexander's last (1946) edition with additional material from earlier editions and comprehensive notes. Walter Carrington has written a new foreword for this edition. The introductory notes deals with Alexander's principle of wholeness and of prevention, the writing of The Universal Constant as well as notes on changes in the text.

To the original appendices are added reviews of the first edition of The Universal Constant, and one appendix contains material which was omitted from the first edition.

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F. M. Alexander 1948-1949 [DVD] by F. Matthias Alexander and Walter Carrington

£25.00. DVD-R. 55 minutes. 2010.

This DVD contains the only known film footage of F. Matthias Alexander. Two short films – six minutes in total – were made at Alexander’s home in Ashley Place, London, in 1949 and 1950, and show him teaching his technique. There was no orginal soundtrack, but Walter Carrington, who trained with Alexander in the 1930s, added a narration to this footage in 1988.

Also featured here - for the first time - are Marjorie Barstow’s home movies from 1931 and 1932. These show Alexander, family members and friends at informal gatherings at Penhill House. They also contain footage of her fellow students who were on Alexander’s first teacher training course, and the only existing footage of the students working on each other.

The accompanying 32-page booklet identifies the students and teachers seen in these unique shots and provides biographical information.

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Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual by F. Matthias Alexander

£20.00. Paperback. 280 pages. 2004.

Alexander's second book on his technique, first published in 1923. The present edition consists of Alexander's authorized 1946 edition. It contains the well-known practical procedure described in the chapter "Illustration."

This new and reset edition contains two prefaces by Alexander, an introduction by John Dewey, and a new foreword by Walter Carrington. Ten appendices contain reviews of the first edition. The introductory notes by Jean Fischer discusses Alexander's concept of sensory appreciation and the chapter "Illustration". The notes also provide a printing history and a table of changes between the 1923 and the 1946 editions.

The book contains several illustrations which have never been published before. This is also the first edition ever of Constructive Conscious Control to feature an index.

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Man's Supreme Inheritance [White edition] by F. Matthias Alexander

Paperback. 250 pages. 1996.

This is the first book on Alexander's technique. It was first published in 1910 and subsequently revised and enlarged. The present edition consists of Alexander's authorized 1946 edition with additional material from earlier editions.

It contains two prefaces by Alexander, an introduction by John Dewey, and the section "To My Reader" with appreciations which were included in the 1918 Methuen edition but accidentally left out of later editions.

Ten appendices contain further material which was omitted from earlier editions, reviews of the 1910 and the 1918 editions, extracts from reviews, a printing history and a text comparison table of the 1910 and the 1918 editions. As well as the original photographs the book contains additional illustrations. Foreword by Walter Carrington.

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Articles and Lectures [White edition] by F. Matthias Alexander

Paperback. 250 pages. 1996.

This is the first book on Alexander's technique. It was first published in 1910 and subsequently revised and enlarged. The present edition consists of Alexander's authorized 1946 edition with additional material from earlier editions.

It contains two prefaces by Alexander, an introduction by John Dewey, and the section "To My Reader" with appreciations which were included in the 1918 Methuen edition but accidentally left out of later editions.

Ten appendices contain further material which was omitted from earlier editions, reviews of the 1910 and the 1918 editions, extracts from reviews, a printing history and a text comparison table of the 1910 and the 1918 editions. As well as the original photographs the book contains additional illustrations. Foreword by Walter Carrington.

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The Philosopher's Stone edited by Jean M. O. Fischer

£14.95. Hardback. 126 pages. 1998.

This is a unique collection of diaries and notes recording lessons with F. M. Alexander. These contemporary records capture Alexander's teaching and testify to his exceptional skills.

  • "The Philosopher's Stone" by James Harvey Robinson
  • "Diary of My Lessons in the Alexander Technique" by Eva Webb
  • “The Diaries of Frank and Grace Hand" by Frank and Grace Hand
  • "Recording of a Miracle" by Mrs Buchanen
  • "The Journal of Sir George Trevelyan" by Sir George Trevelyan
  • "How I came to have Lessons with F. M. Alexander" by Anthony Ludovici

These rare documents provide an important link with the teaching origins of the Alexander Technique.

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Freedom to Change by Frank P. Jones

Temporarily out of print. Paperback. 212 pages. 1997.

This is a comprehensive introduction to the Alexander Technique. Frank P. Jones (1905-1975) trained with F. M. and A.R. Alexander 1941-44 and taught the Technique for 30 years.

Drawing on his long association with the Alexander brothers, Jones relates the story and development of the Technique. For twenty-five years Jones conducted original scientific research into the Technique using a variety of methods. The most important results are presented and Jones explains some of the underlying mechanisms at work.

This new and reset edition contains Jones' outline for a fifteenth chapter plus sketches and observations from his notebook, published here for the first time. In these "Notes on Teaching" Jones summarizes his teaching experiences and sets out principles for good teaching practice. The three appendices contain introductory talks and papers on the Alexander Technique.

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Explaining the Technique by Walter Carrington and Seán Carey

£13.95. Paperback. 193 pages. 2004.

An intelligent and succinct guide to Alexander’s writings: Not only are the main themes of each book discussed but also specific points which help to elucidate Alexander’s thinking and teaching. Walter Carrington (1915-2005) trained with F. M. Alexander in the 1930s .

In these conversations with Seán Carey Alexander’s four books are investigated. Not only are the main themes of each book discussed but also specific points which help to elucidate Alexander’s thinking and teaching. The subjects include many practical teaching considerations, such as breathing, the use of the hands and the role of language in teaching.

Pertinent passages from Alexander’s books are examined - always from the practical perspective of teaching and learning the Technique. In this way many issues which may appear outdated in Alexander’s books are given a modern setting and shown to be as relevant as ever.

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Personally Speaking by Walter Carrington and Seán Carey

£13.95. Paperback. 193 pages. 2004.

Walter Carrington here shares his large teaching experience - among the many subjects covered is the development and evolution of specific teaching procedures, for example the use of the hands in teaching. This revised and enlarged edition offers many fascinating insights into the history and the teaching of the Alexander Technique.

Walter Carrington provides the historical context of the Technique as it is taught today, covering basic procedures such as the whispered "ah", hands on the back of the chair, "monkey" and lying down work. Going back to origins of these procedures, Carrington describes how Alexander taught, both in lessons and on his training course, and a clear picture emerges not only of Alexander as a teacher but also of the man behind the Technique. Walter Carrington explains how his approach to the training of teachers evolved through developments like saddle work. A significant part of the book is devoted to practical teaching considerations.

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Directed Activities by Gerard Grennell

£21.95. Hardback. 160 pages. 2002.

A directed activity is the Alexander Technique applied to a simple, usually small, movement, which will encourage length and expansion of the whole body.

During his training Gerard Grennel kept a diary of the directed activities which Walter and Dilys Carrington taught. These directed activities – also called "games" – have several important purposes for teachers of the Technique. The activities have obvious uses in the teaching of the Technique. Apart from the procedures which Alexander developed (sitting down, standing up, "monkey", whispered ah, coming up on the toes, and hands on the back of the chair), they include walking, lifting an arm, writing, lifting a chair, going up stairs, freeing the ankles, taking a pupil's arm and hand, and taking a pupil's head.

It contains more than 200 line-drawings and notes explaining more than 100 activities.

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The Alexander Technique Birth Book by Ilana Machover, Jonathan and Angela Drake

£14.95. Paperback. 204 pages. 2006.

Presenting a new and inspiring approach to all aspects of childbearing, this richly illustrated, practical book shows women how to prepare for pregnancy and childbirth using the Alexander Technique.

It shows how, by achieving an overall improvement in balance and movement, the mother’s experience can be transformed, with countless benefits to her own health and the baby’s development. As well as explaining how many of the health problems associated with pregnancy can be traced back to faulty body use, the authors show how the Technique can be used to achieve a more natural birth, reducing the need for medical intervention.

The authors also provide advice on how to nurture your child’s development.

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More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow

£5.00. Paperback. 340 pages. 2005.

In More Talk of Alexander Dr Barlow has carefully selected 36 articles on many and varied facets of the Alexander Technique including education, psychology, theology, art, science, and medicine.

Among the many impressive contributors are: Aldous Huxley, John Dewey, Marjory Barlow (Alexander’s niece), Dr Nina Meyer, Dr Robin Skynner, Dr Grahame Fagg, Dr Peter Macdonald, Fr Geoffrey Curtis, and the Nobel-prize winner, Professor Nikolaas Tinbergen.

Barlow has also included articles critical of the Technique: his report on the libel action which Alexander brought and won in South Africa, Dr Skynner’s impression of his first twelve lessons, and Dr Barlow’s own recommendations for the qualities pupils should seek in a teacher of the Technique.

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F. Matthias Alexander: The Man and His Work by Lulie Westfeldt

£15.00. Paperback. 176 pages. 1998.

Lulie Westfeldt was the only teacher from F. M. Alexander's first teacher training course - in 1931-34 - to write extensively about her experiences both as a student and as a teacher of the Technique.

As well as providing an authentic and critical account of Alexander's teaching Lulie Westfeldt explains the fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique. As a child Lulie Westfeldt suffered from polio and she underwent several operations but these failed to help her. In her book she relates the remarkable beneficial effects which the Technique had on her physical and mental health and well-being. The many case histories from her teaching illustrate the Technique's wide field of application.

This new edition contain 15 new illustrations. and new appendixes.

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Inside Yourself by Louise Morgan

£12.95. Hardback. 230 pages. 2010.

Inside Yourself is a fascinating account of how to teach yourself the Alexander Technique. Louise Morgan did not have lessons, instead she decided to discover the Technique for herself, following in Alexander’s footsteps. In this book she provides an account of her discoveries.

Louise Morgan describes the key principles of the Technique through examples of everyday activities, such as how to sit, how to bend, lifting, walking, achieving sound sleep, and speaking clearly and without fear. She is concerend with the fundamentals of the practice: how not to waste your energy, and how to move with less effort.

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Choice of Habit by Jack V. Fenton

£11.95. Paperback. 132 pages. 2010.

The classic investigation into the movement habits of school children and how to improve them. Based on the Alexander Technique.

Guided and inspired by the Alexander Technique, Fenton first shows how serious the problem of harmful habits of movement can be, and, second, how teaching in schools can make a significant difference. Fenton’s own comprehensive and original research into the habits of school children and how to improve their use and performance is documented. Among his own research is an examination of 1,000 children, aged between 5 and 18 years. Other research projects into the posture and health of children and of army recruits support his findings. New and reset edition.

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Your Innate Power by Olive L. Brown

£11.95. Paperback. 123 pages. 2010.

This book presents a synthesis of the three great methods of Roger Vittoz, William H. Bates, and F. Matthias Alexander. Vittoz used a non-intellectualized sensory awareness to regain unity and equilibrium of mind and body. Bates discovered the connection between mental attitude and eyesight, and how to consciously retrain the use of one’s eyes. Alexander developed a technique for the conscious, integrated use of oneself in all activities of living.

Olive Lyle Brown here draws upon the common principles of these methods to provide the most fundamental techniques for de-tensing and developing a restful but alert state of mind and body.

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