The Alexander Technique

AUTHOR: Pedro de Alcantara is an established and experienced teacher and practitioner of the Alexander Technique, as well as an accomplished singer and cellist.

The Alexander Technique

The challenges of modern life are best met with poise, alertness, and nimbleness of mind and body. These attributes are our birthright, as demonstrated by every child at play. As adults, however, we tend instead to be hurried, inattentive, and stiff of mind and body. The Alexander Technique is an effective way of re-discovering our natural freedom, which is characterized not so much by what we do but by what we refrain from doing, and its resulting health and well-being. The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life explains the principles of the Technique and uses testimonials, case histories, photos, and line drawings to illustrate its applications to medicine, personal relationships, sports and exercise, and the performing arts.

Indirect Procedures

Complemented by an extensive, easy-to-use companion website, and working alongside Integrated Practice, this new edition of Indirect Procedures is an invaluable and essential resource for today's musicians to learn to sing, play, and ...

Indirect Procedures

A musician's life is filled with many stressful situations: passing auditions, rehearsing and performing with difficult partners, sitting for long hours in uncomfortable chairs, going on stage to face audiences large and small, who may or may not be receptive to the performance they are presented. And yet many musicians are able to surmount these looming obstacles with grace and balance, to find satisfaction and artistry in their music and build productive and lasting careers. Indirect Procedures will guide you around these obstacles and along that path to becoming a balanced and successful musician. Based on the work of Frederick Matthias Alexander, this book is a thorough and practical approach to the issues of musicians' health and wellbeing. Author Pedro de Alcantara introduces concepts and exercises for musicians to let go of excessive tensions, stay focused, and direct their energies as they handle the challenges of practicing, rehearsing, and performing. Complemented by an extensive, easy-to-use companion website, and working alongside Integrated Practice, this new edition of Indirect Procedures is an invaluable and essential resource for today's musicians to learn to sing, play, and conduct with less effort and stronger results.

The Alexander Technique Resource Book

Dart are included, such as (1) “The Significance of Skill,” written in 1934, which
discusses the skills Dart considered fundamental to humanity, including erect
skills, coordinated eye-hand movement, ... The Alexander Technique: A Skill for
Life.

The Alexander Technique Resource Book

The Alexander Technique is a hands-on educational method that helps individuals learn how to eliminate tension in the body caused by habitual limitations in the way they move and think. The health benefits of the Alexander Technique are both physical and emotional. It improves balance, posture, and stamina, and has been shown to improve cognitive functions. And it was practiced and endorsed by renowned philosopher and educator John Dewey. The Alexander Technique Resource Book provides guidance and information that aids in studying the technique and locating sources for further research in the field. It contains information on print, audio, video, and web-based resources, and includes a description of the basic principles and benefits of the Alexander Technique. This book benefits students, scholars, and researchers, as well as musicians, actors, and athletes looking to enhance performance in physical activities. It is a helpful resource for anyone seeking information on alternative and complementary medicines like the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique for Musicians

Talent is all about doing what is required at the given moment; some musicians
have those skills in place intuitively. ... Alexander Technique helps us realize
there is a connection between our Use in daily life and our music making.

The Alexander Technique for Musicians

The Alexander Technique for Musicians is a unique guide for all musicians, providing a practical, informative approach to being a successful and comfortable performer. Perfect as an introduction to the Alexander Technique, or to supplement the reader's lessons, the book looks at daily and last-minute practice, breathing, performance and performance anxiety, teacher?pupil relationships, ensemble skills, and the application of the Alexander Technique to instrumental and vocal work. Complete with diagrams and photographs to aid the learning process, as well as step-by-step procedures and diary entries written by participating students, The Alexander Technique for Musicians gives tried-and-tested advice, drawn from the authors' twenty-plus years of experience working with musicians, providing an essential handbook for musicians seeking the most from themselves and their art.

Living the Alexander Technique

I was almost 50 years old when I decided to switch careers and begin training to
become an Alexander Technique teacher ... While I might not have time to
achieve the level of skill these women had attained, I would endeavor to emulate
them.

Living the Alexander Technique

Nine distinguished teachers of the Alexander Technique speak with Ruth Rootberg about their lives, their work, and their approach to using their Alexander skills as they face aging, loss of loved ones, and the challenges of illness and injury. With over 400 years of combined teaching experience, they reveal how the Alexander Technique provides a dependable pathway to meet the ongoing challenges of daily living. This book is a wonderful resource for Alexander Technique students, teachers, and anyone who seeks models of aging with dignity and passion. “Students and teachers of the Alexander Technique will gain valuable and thought-provoking insights from these personal stories and life lessons, generously shared by master teachers of the profession.” — Missy Vineyard Ehrgood, Teacher of the Alexander Technique and author of How you Stand, How you Move, How you Live “In an age that ‘worships youth’ it is important to learn to overcome our fear of growing older and, ultimately, of death. This is an important book because it gives you a template for aging gracefully. The spirit of enjoying whatever each day brings and of continual learning at every stage of life infuses each of these master teachers as they discuss the Alexander Technique as a practical tool that allows life to be ‘just a little easier.’” — Michael Frederick, Alexander Technique Teacher, training director, and founding director of the International Congresses on the Alexander Technique. “I think it would be wonderful if, when a person turns 65 and receives a Medicare card, eligibility for the card would require lessons in the Alexander Technique.” — Sarnie Ogus Alexander Technique teacher

Integrated Practice

The book is accompanied by a dedicated website with dozens of video and audio clipsthat demonstrate the book's exercise.

Integrated Practice

To be a musician is to "speak music." When you have something to say and you know how to say it, your gestures and sounds become both expressive and free. Offering an innovative, comprehensive approach to musicians' health and wellbeing, Integrated Practice gives you the tools to combine total-body awareness with a deep and practical understanding of the rhythmic structure of the musical language, so that you can "speak music" fluently, healthfully, and effectively. The key to mastering the language of music is rhythm. Integrated Practice contains an in-depth study of rhythm in music and in coordination, with dozens of exercises to help you infuse your gestures and musical phrases with rhythmic energy. The balance between structure and inventiveness is also essential to your wellbeing. Music is based on predictable grids of chords, scales, and time signatures, and yet your music-making ought to be unpredictable and fluid. Integrated Practice shows you how to establish an imaginative dialogue between the relatively inflexible structure of music and your own individual style as a singer, instrumentalist, or conductor. Integrated Practice covers the harmonic series in detail and includes novel approaches to improvisation, with exercises that you can apply to daily practice, rehearsing, and performing across the entire repertory. The book is accompanied by a dedicated website with dozens of video and audio clips that demonstrate the book's exercise.

Living the Alexander Technique Volume II

If you engage in life in this way, you will lead an examined, constructive life. Ruth:
It is evident that your training offered you more than a mere skill set. Let's move
on to something perhaps more mundane. I imagine you received a lot of chair ...

Living the Alexander Technique Volume II

Eleven Alexander Technique teachers speak with Ruth Rootberg about their lives, their work, and their approach to using their Alexander skills as they face the challenges of aging with vitality, curiosity, poise, and passion.

The Alexander Technique in Daily Life

In Daily Life at the moment , that is , you maintain your attention on the means
whereby the end result can be achieved most efficiently ... Because the
Alexander Technique is not about any specific skill , it applies to all skills and all
activities .

The Alexander Technique in Daily Life


The Actor and the Alexander Technique

There is nothing absolute in the Alexander learning process; it is a life sentence
of self-observation and applied experimentation. The beauty of the Alexander
Technique is that you can take it along into learning any new skill or technique ...

The Actor and the Alexander Technique

F.M. Alexander developed the Alexander Technique of movement in the early 20th century. Combining vocal clarity and body movement, Alexander developed a performance coaching method that is used by dancers, actors, singers, etc. In The Actor and the Alexander Technique, Kelly McEvenue writes the first basic book about how this unique technique can help actors feel more natural on the stage. She provides warm-up exercises, "balance" and "center" exercises, spatial awareness exercises. She talks about imitation, the use of masks, nudity on the stage, 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 our own phenomenal The Actor Speaks this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every working and studying actor.

Voice and the Alexander Technique

My professional teaching life ( both voice technique and the Alexander
Technique ) has allowed me to work with a wide ... their progress over time when
there are specific performance skills to which they are applying the Technique
daily .

Voice and the Alexander Technique

" ... Heirich addresses some common problem areas of the voice-teaching world: breath management, voice projection, resonance building, singing high notes, 'breaks' in the vocal range, excess muscle tension in the wrong places, and the relevance of overall poise to vocal output."--Inside jacket.

BODY BREATH BEING 2ND EDITION

New fully revised and updated edition, complete with 2 brand new chapters on Chronic Pain and Well-being Developed over a period of 100 years, the Alexander Technique has helped people to successfully manage a wide variety of conditions, ...

BODY  BREATH   BEING  2ND EDITION

New fully revised and updated edition, complete with 2 brand new chapters on Chronic Pain and Well-being Developed over a period of 100 years, the Alexander Technique has helped people to successfully manage a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, stress, anxiety, ME, and asthma. The Alexander Technique is not a therapy or an exercise program. It is an in-depth study of how human reaction, co-ordination and movement play a part in everything we do. It has enhanced the performance of athletes, actors, singers and musicians. Body, Breath and Being explores the Alexander Technique through the experiences of those who have studied it and benefited from it. • Ideal for both beginner and expert • Includes over 100 full colour photographs and diagrams • Provides practical experiments in every chapter Body, Breath and Being offers a new view of the way we use our bodies and the consequences not only on our health, but also our approach to life

Everyone Is A Supermodel Secrets For Any Career Based On My Modelling Experiences

Skill #2: The Runway Of Life “A runway coach is born” – J. Alexander – Author, '
Follow the Model' and Catwalk coach on ... As everyone walks differently, I'm
going to briefly introduce a technique that was created by an Australian actor 120
 ...

Everyone Is A Supermodel  Secrets For Any Career Based On My Modelling Experiences

A woman’s – or man’s – total package isn’t only about what you look like. Keli Lenfi゙eld learned this lesson firsthand when her Paris modelling agent placed her on an unhealthy diet of orange juice and water. Since then, she has fought to make “diet” a naughty word in her vocabulary and yours. “For whatever reason, we all have something about ourselves we don't like. I figure this is one of the cons of being part of the human race,” she writes in her first book, Everyone Is A Supermodel: Secrets For Any Career Based On My Modelling Experiences. “How we were born gets painted, prodded, wax, buffed and injected to either look like someone else or believe we will be happier when we look in the mirror.” But there is more to making it in life than a body confidence pep talk. You need to impress a potential boss, prepare a positive social media image, craft an impeccable resume and nail a job interview. Invited to an impromptu event where you’ll network further? You need to be ready for that too. Readers can count on additional advice from successful industry professionals, such as Marie Claire Australia’s national advertising manager Anne-Marie Clarke, popular turntable goddess DJ Dakota and London-based PR executive Nicole Crowley.

The Alexander Technique

UNDERSTANDING THE ALEX AN DER TECHNIQUE THE ALEXANDER
TECHNIQUE. Most of us approach activity and movement with little thought , and
our daily movements of walking , sitting , talking , bending , lifting , reading ,
writing , and so on are undertaken with limited skill . ... We may have found life
difficult and challenging , and our emotions have affected the way we hold
ourselves , or we ...

The Alexander Technique

One of the best-known systems of movement therapy, the Alexander Technique keeps the body supple and responsive. This beautifully illustrated handbook explains the principles and practice of the Alexander Technique, which is an excellent system for overcoming stress and stress-related disorders including neck, back, and joint pains. Full-color illustrations throughout.

Alexander Technique

In the area of mental health , Barlow reports that the Technique has had
considerable success in helping patients ... overall cheerfulness and mental
alertness , resilience against outside pressures , and also in such a refined skill
as ... Throughout his early life , FM , as he was later to be called , suffered from
poor health .

Alexander Technique


A New Approach to the Alexander Technique

Sounds List all the sounds that you are subjected to in an average day in your life
, sounds like the telephone ringing, traffic ... (FMA, CCC) Inhibition is the skill of
being able to pause before responding to a * Our emotional responses are very ...

A New Approach to the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique has long been recognized throughout the world as a powerful method for unlearning unconscious, habitual behavior, alleviating physical and mental stress, and encouraging personal growth and transformation. In The Alexander Technique and Beyond, Glen Park makes it available to us in exciting new ways.In the first part of the book, Glen Park reviews Alexander's basic techniques, how they differentiate between the use and misuse of the physical body. In the second part, she applies these principles to the emotional and spiritual dimensions. She examines the human being in terms of its energy system, surrounded by an aura and organized by the seven chakras. The Alexander Technique and Beyond offers fascinating insights into how we function, with a methodology for allowing change to happen.

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is some parallel between the Alexander Technique and a certain concern felt in
the 16th and 17th century that ladies and gentlemen should have good ... It is
more akin to learning a skill ; indeed it is a skill . ... We can probably prolong its
life by using it well in accordance with a basic understanding of how it functions .

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Developmental Co Ordination Disorder in Adults

Elements of the desired solution are often already present in the individual's life ,
and become the basis for ongoing change . ... It is relevant to shaping skill
performance . ... Contemporary approaches yoga • Alexander technique • Pilates
• aromatherapy • acupuncture • herbal remedies Alternative therapies • DDAT –
This ...

Developmental Co Ordination Disorder in Adults

This textbook provides readers with an insight into Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) in adulthood and the impact it has on everyday life. Potential areas of difficulty are outlined, together with potential solutions and strategies that can be utilized by individuals to improve their personal, social and working lives.

Medical Problems of Performing Artists

There are individual nuances and some change roles during the study period or
working life.” An individual may ... The experience requires a match between
challenge and skill; it has a definite goal and needs thorough preparation. Good
health ... There is a tradition among musicians to practice this through the
Alexander technique, the Feldenkrais method, tai chichuan, and qigong. One of
the most ...

Medical Problems of Performing Artists


The American Music Teacher

Edited by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi refinements are needed to develop Everyday
Life . ... Custodero , Lori A . , “ Seeking of Lessons in the Alexander Technique for
by the core factors . Future research Challenge , Finding Skill : Flow on Music
Performance in High and that identifies additional factors would Experience and
 ...

The American Music Teacher