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F.M. Alexander - Önmagunk Használatáról Robert MacDonald & Caro Ness - Alexander-technika (Titkok nélkül sorozat) Richard Brennan - Az Alexander-módszer Alapjai  Magyari Beck Anna : A Türelem Gyógyító Művészete 

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F. Matthias Alexander - The Use Of The Self Alexander's fourth and last book with detailed notes. The Alexander Technique Manual by Richard Brennan/Paperback/ Published 1996. The first "coffee table" Alexander Technique book. A solid introduction with excellent photographs and clearly written text. Alexander Technique: A Practical Introduction by Richard Brennan/Paperback/Published 1998 An easy-to-understand introduction. The book contains exercises designed to illustrate the basic ideas of the Alexander Technique.
The Alexander Technique in Everyday Life by Jonathan Drake/ Paperback/Published 1996. Another good general description of the Alexander Technique with an emphasis on how the Technique can be used to help with day-to-day activities. Man's Supreme Inheritance - Conscious Guidance and Control in Relation The Alexander Technique Manual: Take Control of Your Posture and Your Life (excessive muscular tension, entire muscular system, neck tension) Secrets of the Alexander Technique by Rob Macdonald and Caro Ness/Paperback/Published 2001. Small, richly-illustrated introductory book. Includes information about topics such as reading, walking, keyboarding etc.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Alexander Technique: A Practical Approach to Health, Poise and Fitness by Glynn and Glenn MacDonald/Published 1999. Informative and very well illustrated guide to the Alexander Technique. Includes many applications. The Alexander Technique As I See It by Patrick MacDonald/Paperback, 1989. A summation of the approach to the Alexander Technique by one of the most influencial teachers of the Technique. The Use of the Self is Alexander's shortest and most accessible book. In it he describes the process he went through in order to make his basic discoveries. 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.
The Alexander Technique for Actors by Kelly McEvenue and Patsy Rodenburg/Paperback/2002. A practical guide to the Technique for actors who desire a more efficient use of their body. Includes step-by-step warm-ups and exercises. Secrets of the Alexander Technique by Rob Macdonald and Caro Ness/Paperback/Published 2001. Small, richly-illustrated introductory book. Includes information about topics such as reading, walking, keyboarding etc. The Alexander Technique - How to Use Your Body Without Stress by Dr. Wilfred Barlow, M.D./ Paperback/Published 1991. A good general description of the Alexander Technique by a medical doctor. Alexander's own favourite book - first published in 1923
Back Trouble - A new approach to prevention and recovery based on the Alexander Technique by Deborah Caplan, PT/Paperback/ Published 1987. Describes how the Alexander Technique can help people with back problems. Includes preventative positions and gentle exercises. Body Learning by Michael J. Gelb The Busy Body: Stress-free Posture for Modern Life by Penny Ingram and Colin Shelbourn/Published 2002. Practical ways of looking after yourself at work and at home from an Alexander Technique perspective. Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique by Pedro De Alcantara/Paperback/ Published 1997. One of the best new books about the Alexander Technique. A comprehensive introduction followed by a great deal of material of interest to instrumentalists and singers.
Back Pain Solutions: How to Help Yourself with Posture-Movement Therapy and Education by Bruce I. Kodish, PT/Paperback/Published 2001. Survey and self-care guide for dealing with back pain and other musculo- skeletal problems. Explains the Alexander Technique within the broader context of posture-movement therapy and education. Dare to be Wrong by Judith Liebowitz (author) and Kathryn Miranda (Editor)/ Hardcover, 2007. A series of talks by one of the formost teachers of the Alexander Technique. Ms Liebowitz was the teacher who first introduced the Technique to the Juilliard School in New York. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Dan and Chip Heath/Hardcover, Published 2007. An invaluable resource for Alexander Technique teachers who wish to convey the essential ideas of the Technique to the general public. Stress Relief for Mind & Body with the Alexander Technique by Terry Wildemann and Richard Brennan/Paperback/Published 1998. Application of the Alexander Technique to the release of physical and mental stress.
How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students by Barbara and William Conable/ Paperback/Published 1996. This book was reviewed in the section "Introductory books about the Alexander Technique" and is included here because it contains a lot of information of special interest to musicians. Raising your performance with the Alexander Technique (2006 pb, 160 pages, illustrated, 220 x 175 mm, UK) The Art of Swimming by Steven Shaw and Armand D'Angour/ Steven Shaw - Master the Art of Swimming :Raising your performance with the Alexander Technique 2006 pb, 175 pages, colour photos & drawings, 215 x 175 mm, UK, Collins & Brown.  
The Undivided Self: Alexander Technique and the Control of Stress by Theodore Dimon/Paperback/Published 1998. A guide to preventing stress by changing the mental and muscular habits that cause it using the basic principles of the Alexander Technique. Joe Searby - Live Better: Alexander Technique (Exercises and Inspirations for Well-being)   Zone Mind, Zone Body by Roy Palmer/Paperback/ Published 2006. An Alexander Technique teacher explains how we can rediscover te elusive "zone" whenever we choose and attain peak levels of performance. Voice and the Alexander Technique, by Jane Ruby Heirich/Hardcover/Published 2004. A compehenssive guide to good vocal use by an experienced Alexander Technique teacher. Includes a CD. A valuable resource for singers, public speakersand anyone who wants to improve the quality of their voice. 
Mind and Muscle - An Owner's Handbook by Elizabeth Langford/Paperback/Published 1999. An excellent practical explanation of the way our body functions by an experienced Alexander Technique teacher. A good resource for studying on your own. Useful exercises are included in each chapter. The Alexander Technique: A Complete Course in How to Hold and Use Your Body for Maximum Energy The first chapter covers the basic principles of the Technique; following chapters are on lessons, on the teacher, on performing arts, on sports and exercise, and on emotions (discussing, among other things, inhibition and the expression of feelings, detachment, the discomfort of change, relationships, psychotherapies). The author writes from his own experiences with humour and provides several case histories from pupils and teachers. The unity of mind and body and the principle of non-doing pervade this introductory book; it is erudite, intelligent, and pertinent to pupils and teachers alike. The Alexander Technique by Jeremy Chance/Hardcover/Published 2002. An excellent short introduction to the Technique, including good suggestions for studying on your own. Large text with many pictures.
The Act of Living: Talks on the Alexander Technique by Walter Carrington/Hardcover/ Thinking Aloud: Talks on Teaching the Alexander Technique by Walter Carrington/Hardcover/Published 1994. A wealth of practical information for Alexander Teachers and serious students from one of the great master teachers of the Technique. Fitness Without Stress: A Guide to the Alexander Technique by Robert Rickover /Hardcover/Published 1988. A good general introduction to the Alexander Technique. Contains a number of personal accounts and examples of how the Technique has been applied in fields such as yoga, physiotherapy, massage and osteopathy. The Voice Book by Michael McCallion/Paperback. Revised 1998. This book is an invitation to become more aware of our voice, and how to learn how to improve it using the principles of the Alexander Technique.
Alexander's "Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual" has been abridged by about 25%-30%. In general sentences have been shortened rather than deleted. Part 1 ("Man's Evolutionary Development") has been abridged more than the other parts. "Orders" has been substituted for "directions" and "means-whereby" for "means." Other editing reflect modern sensibilities, e.g. "savage" being substituted by "primitive humanity."Altogether a fair editing and abridgement. Towards Perfect Posture by Brian Door/Paperback/Published 2003. An experienced Alexander teacher provides tips on improving your posture in everyday life.  Understanding the Alexander Technique by Joan Diamond/Paperback/Published 2003. A small and inexpensive full-colour booklet introducing the Technique.  
Your Guide to the Alexander Technique by John Gray/Paperback/ Published in 1990. Primarily intended for those who have had Alexander Technique lessons. Easy to read text and very well illustrated. F. P. Jones trained with F. M. and A. R. Alexander 1941-44. Drawing on his long association with F. M. and A. R., Jones introduces the Technique by relating Alexander's story in biographical form. Jones presents the most important results from 25 years of research into the Technique. He describes some of the underlying mechanisms at work in the Technique and describes how the conscious mind activates anti-gravity reflexes. In Notes on Teaching Jones summarizes his teaching experiences and sets out principles for good teaching practice. Throughout the book he emphasizes the importance of an expanded field of attention. First published as "Body Awareness in Action" in 1976, this edition contains a new foreword by Ted Dimon, 4 colour plates and a new appendix (16 pp) which contains Jones outline for a fifteenth chapter plus sketches and observations from his notebook. This book remains a classic introductory.
The Alexander Technique: A Step-by-Step Guide (In a Nutshell Series) by Aisla Masterson/ Published 1998. A very short introduction to the Alexander Technique with a great many color photos. Includes three case histories. Bodysense: Revolutionize Your Riding With the Alexander Technique by Sally Tottle/Hardcover/Published 1998. A guide combining the Alexander Technique and the devolopment of horseback skills. Filled with photos and detailed drawings. Principles for Improving Your Life: Inspired by the Teaching of F. M. Alexander by Anthony James Taylor/Paperback/Published 2003. Basic principles of the Alexander Technique explained along with practical suggestions for applying them in your life. Included photos. Riding Success Without Stress - Book I: Developing self-carriage in the rider by Joni Bentley/Hardcover/Published 1997. Contains a short introduction to the Alexander Technique and a great many practical suggestions and exercises to improve riding skills.
New authoritative biography Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Michael Gelb Paperback/Published 1996. A good general introduction to the Alexander Technique. Covers the basic ideas of the technique, its history and a number of specific applications. These contemporary diaries of lessons with Alexander consist of: The Philosopher's Stone- a review from 1919 of Alexander's Man's Supreme Inheritance. It introduces Alexander and his technique. - Diary of My Lessons in the Alexander Technique by Eva Webb describes one lesson with Alexander and several with his assistant teachers in 1947 - she had hers mainly from Irene Stewart. -The Diaries of Frank and Grace Hand record their lessons with Alexander in 1942 in New York. Recording of a Miracle by Mrs Buchanan is from the early 1950s. -The Journal of Sir George Trevelyan & introduces Alexander and his technique. -The second part from 1936records Alexander's instructions to his teachers. -How I came to have Lessons with F. M. Alexander by A. Ludovici does not describe actual lessons. This memoir, published posthumously, can roughly be divided into three parts: 1) Massey's time in Africa where he worked and attempted a mining venture. 2) His story of suffering from severe (regarded as terminal) TB in 1949-50, and his time in a sanatorium in Switzerland. He read Alexander's books and worked on inhibiting and directing on his own; later he had lessons from Alexander and other teachers and recovered. 3) His investigations into his own theory that pygmies (of existing races) are our oldest human ancestors. Foreword by Walter Carrington. An otherwise nice hardback is marred by a poor print quality. 
This paper examines the Technique as it relates to tension and stress. The author argues that relaxation and stress reduction methods treat symptoms but do not address their causes, and that the Technique's psycho-physical approach to health is more complete. This approach is illustrated with the case history of a violinist suffering from a shoulder problem and two case histories dealing with stress. Included is a summary of the basic components of Alexander's concept of use, the theory of stress related to the Technique, and a critique of medical and therapeutic techniques. A picture-guide introduction to the Technique, showing right and wrong postures in such activities as sitting, standing, reaching, walking, lifting, reading, using a telephone, etc. It also introduces the semi-supine and the monkey. The principles of the Technique are discussed, e.g. faculty sensory appreciation, and it covers the story of Matthias Alexander. The Alexander Technique: The Essential Writings of F. Matthias Alexander Mike Russell - Alexander Technique 
 Colourful introduction to the Technique with the emphasis on breathing, the whispered childbearing and education (on how to learn). The chapter "Practical Procedures" gives introductions for semi-supine, sitting and standing, writing (with pencil or a keyboard), crawling, squatting and lifting. the instructions are summarised at the back of the book in a checklist. In the chapter "Practical Applications" 14 people describes the Technique's beneficial effects when applied to their profession or leisure activity: in acting, cycling, dancing, driving, golf, occupational therapy, painting and drawing, playing an instrument, public speaking, riding, running, singing, and tennis. THE USE OF THE VOICE by Rob McDonald is an extended edition of a voice action research project for an M.A. in Voice Studies. It introduces both the Technique and the methods and aims of action research and examines the literature of four well-known voice teachers from the point of view of body feedback (sensory appreciation). For the action research, three drama students were given ten lessons each with a view to improving their Shakespearean performance in which audio-visual feedback was also used. The lessons were transcribed and the data analysed in detail by methods such as the use of questionnaires, the keeping of developmental logs (diaries in case of the students), within-case analysis, triangulation analysis and two cross-case comparisons (in detail in the appendices). The project concludes that it has demonstrated a strong association between an increase in sensory appreciation and improvements in respiratory and vocal functioning and in Shakespearean text performance.  Chris Raff - First Steps to Alexander Technique  The publication of "Up From Down Under" brought forth further information about the Australian origins of Alexander. This, combined with more research, has enabled a supplement to be printed. This first, and final supplement, includes an article by Alexander on elocution (1894); extracts from another article (1895); further general information about various aspects of elocution at that time; an enlarged section about Alexander's New Zealand stay, and a letter to Alexander from his Melbourne doctor of the 1890s. The letter (1911) is in response to receiving a copy of Alexander's book, "Man's Supreme Inheritance" 
The Alexander Technique by Shmuel Nelken : This booklet introduces the Technique by rectracing Alexander's process of discovery (in "Evolution of a Technique"). The style and manner of presentation is that of an informal introductory lecture, drawing on personal experience for examples. This makes for a traditional, but sometimes sporadic, presentation. Translated from Hebrew. The Congress Papers: Back to Basics by Shmuel Nelken Contains 25 papers:"Opening Address" by Michael Frederick, "Back to Basics" by Shmuel Nelken, reports of masterclasses by Marjory Barlow, Walter Carrington, Elizabeth Walker, and Erika Whittaker, "Marjorie Barstow memorial" by Frank Ottiwell, 2Pain and the Mind/Body Experience" by Judy Stern, "Fascism and Democracy in the Human Mind" by I. W. Charny, Panel discussion: "What is our prayer?" with Wade Alexander, Troup Mathews, Glynn Macdonald and others, "Working to Principle" by Pedro de Alcantara, "Working with Retarded People" by Y.and Gal Ben Or, "Back to basics" by Deborah Caplan, "Antagonistic action and position of mechanical advantage" by Ezra Eyal, "An inter-disciplinary approach to the Alexander Technique" by Gitte Fjordbo,"The need for communication in the Alexander Technique - Similarities and differences between the Alexander Technique and the Heimler method" by Heimler, Miriam Bracha, "How will I know that I have changed - Changes in self-perception" by Pamela Payne Lewis, "The education of young F. M." by Margaret Long, "The Alexander Technique and its relationship to voice and Shakespearean performance" by Rob Macdonald, "The Alexander Technique in natural childbirth" by Ilana Machover, "Giving Support: A Summary of the work of a woman's group in Zurich" by Robin Mockli, "It's too serious to be serious about - Using stories to introduce the Alexander Technique" by Sandra Niman and Dorothy Ormes, "A spectral analysis of breathing efficiency and vocal production in singers before and after Alexander Technique lessons" by Phyllis Richmond, "Description of Alexander Technique work within the complementary medicine unit of Hadassah hospital" by Mervyn Waldman, "Helping the musician" by Elisabeth Waterhouse. Also included is a list of presentations not included in the book.  Donald L. Weed - The Basic Principles Workbook (A Self-directed Guide for Study in the Alexander Technique) Since 1973 the author has used Alexander's written work in his classes and believes that "a person does not understand something unless they can talk about it easily and well." The workbook contains 844 study questions and 169 essay questions for selected chapters in F. P. Jones's and E. Maisel's books and a chapter from "Constructive Conscious Control". The questions are designed to lead the reader point by point through the reading material. In addition it contains "information bits" for the chapters - one-sentence extracts which also function as clues to the answers for the questions. There are 8 self-administered examinations which consist of 15 questions (5 points each), two essays (15 and 10 points) and an extra credit question (5 points). Answers are not given, nor is there judgement on one's ability as a teacher based on one's total score. Donald L. Weed - What You Think is What You Get (An introductory textbook for the study of the Alexander Technique) The author studied with Marjorie Barstow in 1972-75. This book is "an attempt to bring the structure, excitement, and ideas of the Basic Principles class into a textbook format." The author has studied Alexander's writings in excruciating detail and discusses over 4 chapters the steps Alexander went through in developing the Technique. Other chapters cover how muscles work, the relationship between planning, thinking, moving and feeling, how habits are formed, the ways in which people limit themselves, the importance of trusting one's reasoning as opposed to one's feeling. Contains appendices. 
Marjory Barlow on 60 years of teaching the Technique  Teaching aphorims from Alexander's lessons - beautifully illustrated.   A notebook of "games" from the Carringtons' teacher training course. Recommended only for teachers. Personally Speaking - Walter Carrington on the Alexander Technique in discussion with Seán Carey 
The classic guide to better pregnancy and natural birth   Explaining the Alexander Technique - Walter Carrington on the writings of F. M. Alexander in discussion with Seán Carey George C. Bowden - F. Matthias Alexander and the Creative Advance of the Individual (1965 hb, 192 pages, UK, L. N. Fowler & Co.) 

Walter H. M. Carrington - F. Matthias Alexander Technique - A Means of Understanding Man /1963 (1970) bklt, 16 pages, A5, UK, The Sheildrake Press / In print: Constructive Teaching Centre. 

The Alexander Technique for Actors (Performance Books) by Kelly McEvenue   Carolyn Nicholls: Body, Breath & Being (útmutató az Alexander módszerhez cd-vel)   The Art of Changing - Glen Park Rivka Cohen - The Up Within the Curve