The Alexander Technique in Conversation by John Nicholls and Seán Carey

£9.95. Paperback. 122 pages. Brighton Alexander Training Centre. 1991.

This is probably the most unappreciated gem in the Alexander Technique literature.

More an interview than a conversation, nevertheless the informal style enables the authors to cover many areas of the Technique. Nicholls and Carey avoid getting lost in technicalities or lengthy arguments and in this way making information concise and accessible.

It covers areas such as: cure versus development, emotional reactions and feelings, natural good use versus conscious good use, practicalities of teaching and the teacher-student relationship.

The appendix contains John Nicholls' F. M. Alexander Memorial lecture: The Alexander Technique in a larger context.

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The Act of Living by Walter Carrington

£20.00. Hardback. 188 pages. Mornum Time Press. 1999.

For almost 50 years, Walter Carrington has walked into the teaching room at 18 Lansdowne Road in London, sat down in a chair, picked up one of F.M. Alexander's books and begun to read aloud. The point at which he stops reading and begins sharing his thoughts, observations and experiences of the Alexander Technique with the assembled audience is the point at which this book begins.

The 29 talks in The Act of Living range widely in subject, from breathing and the balance of the head on the neck to the pain of sciatica and the effect of gravity on our lives. Whether he is speaking about the bones of the pelvis, or the man who wants to change without changing, Walter Carrington gives the reader an inside look at this educational technique for changing habitual behaviour. The Act of Living helps us quicken our understanding of the fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique.

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Thinking Aloud by Walter Carrington

£20.00. Hardback. 160 pages. Mornum Time Press. 1994.

Thinking Aloud is a serious exploration of the Alexander Technique that goes beyond the standard introductions to this educational method.

Walter Carrington condenses 50 years of teaching into 25 straightforward essays on all aspects of the Alexander Technique. The book was originally designed for teachers and teachers-in-training, but has proven popular with those readers interested in learning more about this approach to changing habitual behavior.

In Thinking Aloud, Walter Carrington takes a commonsense approach to the most commonplace of problems--the ways we use ourselves in daily life. He also has a remarkable ability to communicate complex ideas in an accessible way to teachers and students alike. The fundamental ways we think and function in daily life are the true subjects of Thinking Aloud.

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The Expanding Self by Goddard Binkley

£12.95. Hardback. 178 pages. STATBooks. 1993.

After having lessons in the Technique in New York, Binkley moved to London in 1950 to have lessons with F. M. Alexander and subsequently trained as a teacher (1953-57).

Often referred to as "the Binkley diaries" this is the most extensive and vivid record of how Alexander taught. Binkley re-edited his manuscript a few times over the next 30 years and included relevant paragraphs from Alexander’s books and autobiographical material, making the book a detailed and personal case history.

It shows indirectly – by the attitude expressed in the diary entries – how profoundly and subtly the Technique works.

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F. M. - The Life of Frederick Matthias Alexander by Michael Bloch

£12.00. Paperback. 288 pages. Little, Brown & Company. 2004.

The Alexander Technique is a method of muscular re-education, which has become standard training for actors, dancers and singers, and is practised for health reasons all over the world.

Its founder, Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), was an Australian actor who stumbled upon it in the 1890s after studying himself in mirrors to discover why he had lost his voice. He realised that most people suffered from the same postural defects he had noticed in himself, and that this explained much of what went wrong with them.

F.M. (as he was known) came to London in 1904 and became enormously successful. During the First World War he practised in America with equal success, converting the American philosopher John Dewey to his cause. He wrote four books (all still in print), and his supporters included Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw and Stafford Cripps.

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Collected Writings on the Alexander Technique by Frank P. Jones

£16.00. Paperback. 396 pages. Alexander Technique Archives. 1999.

This definitive compilation of Jones’s papers includes 21 scientific papers as well as his superb introductory and humanistic writings on the Alexander Technique

It also features seven previously unpublished papers from the Jones Archival Collection at Tufts University. F. P. Jones conducted research on the Alexander Technique at the Institute for Experimental Psychology at Tufts University from 1949 until his death in 1975. Using various methods such as multiple image photography, electromyography, and X-ray photography, Jones sought to demonstrate the scientific validity of Alexander’s discovery of a "primary control." The results of his investigations, collected for the first time in this volume, comprised the most comprehensive scientific body of research on the Alexander Technique for his time.

In total: 40 papers and 92 illustrations.

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Dare to be Wrong by Judith Leibowitz

£15.50. Hardback. 158 pages. Mornum Time Press. 2007.

A book that explores the complexities and wonders of the Alexander Technique through a series of talks by Judith Leibowitz - one of the most influential and renowned teachers.

Many of these talks were given at the Juilliard School in New York City. Judy introduced the Alexander Technique to a generation of acting students through her work at Juilliard.

These talks capture Judy's ability to make the principles of the Technique accessible to new and experienced students alike.

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Curiosity Recaptured edited by Jerry Sontag

£11.00. Paperback. 238 pages. Mornum Time Press. 1996.

The 15 essays in Curiosity Recaptured provide a compelling introduction to the Alexander Technique.

Whether you are interested in the performing arts, problem-solving, the field of health, or simply a more satisfying way to live, this book can open the door to a new world. It can change what you notice and how you move.

Each essay tells a story. Some are about learning a new skill or the excitement of solving a particularly intractable problem. Others reexamine commonplace moments of our days that often go unnoticed. Each story takes us from a specific activity being described to the impact the activity has on our daily life. Included in this collection are essays on cycling, chair design, dance, acting, childbirth, singing, grief, walking, tennis, and much more.

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Voice and the Alexander Technique by Jane Ruby Heirich

£35.00. Hardback. 171 pages. Mornum Time Press. 2005.

This book is the culmination of decades of work integrating two approaches that will have a profound impact on your voice; the centuries-old Italian bel canto singing tradition and the Alexander Technique.

In this book, designed for both teachers and students of the speaking and singing voice, Jane Heirich addresses some common problem areas of the voice-teaching world: breath management, voice projection, resonance building, breaks in the vocal range, and the relevance of overall poise to vocal output. The step-by-step approach through which she takes the reader allows new skills to develop for both beginning and experienced students or performers. This is the book for improving your voice and using it more effectively.

Comes with accompanying CD.

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An Examined Life by Marjory Barlow and Trevor Allan Davies

£20.00. Hardback. 349 pages. Mornum Time Press. 2002.

A fascinating memoir, in interview form, on the life and thoughts of Marjory Barlow.

Marjory Barlow grew up with the Alexander Technique, and the Alexander Technique grew up with her. She started daily lessons on her 17th birthday with her uncle F.M. Alexander, and joined his teacher training course a year later. She was 21 when she qualified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique and she stayed on as her uncle's assistant for a further four years. She ran her own training course from 1950 until the 1980s.

An Examined Life is Marjory's opportunity to gather and share the unique experiences of her seven-decade career. An Examined Life is a beautifully designed hardcover edition. It includes Appendices with Marjory Barlow's two Memorial lectures, as well as stories and aphorisms collected by several teachers trained by her.

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La Constante Universal de la Vida de F. Matthias Alexander

£22.00. Paperback. 335 pages. La Liebre de Marzo. 2008.

The Universal Constant in Living in Spanish.

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Control Conciente y Constructivo del Individuo de F. Matthias Alexander

£22.00. Paperback. 261 pages. Pequena hoja. 2011.

Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual in Spanish.

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An Introduction to the Alexander Technique [DVD] edited by Rafaele Joudry

£12.95. DVD-R. 25 minutes. In Such A Way Productions. 1996.

This DVD is an ideal introduction for health professionals and new or intending pupils.

It features several well-known teachers of the Technique, among them Marjory Barlow, Andrea Beesley, Rosemary Brenner, Peter Fisher, Misha Migadov, and Jeremy Chance. Case histories are provided by a singer, a bricklayer, a draftsman and a clarinet soloist (Deborah de Graaf). The physiologist Archie MacIntyre talks on inhibition, and G. E. Coghill’s discoveries of the universal principle of all vertebral movement are explained. Schematic drawings of spine and head-neck positions and amusing cartoons are used to illustrate basic principles of the Technique. It also contains some good footage of young children moving.

This DVD was produced in Australia in collaboration with the Alexander Technique community between 1993 and 1996.

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