Alexander Technique is wonderful though admittedly difficult to describe — which is probably why Mimi and Eunice creator Nina Paley says she hasn’t given up on Alexander Technique though “some of its most vocal advocates have their heads up their asses”.
Though best experienced with a teacher, there are plenty of Alexander Technique books and websites with worthwhile food-for-thought and information on the history, development and application of the Alexander Technique.
There are several international Alexander Technique Societies with information rich websites. I recommend the following credentialing bodies:
F. M Alexander published four books in his life time. I recommend that beginners read the third book: (Several editions are available.) *
Additional books written by first and second generation teachers are available from the AmSAT Book Store, Mornum Time Press, Mouritz, Amazon, and some titles are available from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. (You should try your own library too!)
* Please Note: F. M. Alexander’s books contain important first-hand accounts of his discoveries and the processes that are the foundation of the Alexander Technique practice. That said, certain parts of his writings contain disparaging ideas about people of color, stereotyped ideas of gender, and reference pseudoscientific socio-cultural evolutionary theories on race. As an Alexander Technique teacher, I wholly reject and condemn these ideas and view these passages as completely unrelated and unconnected to teaching, learning, and practicing the Alexander Technique. Furthermore, it is my belief, based on F.M Alexander’s own commitment to change in the face of new findings and to questioning his own ideas, that he would not hold to these ideas were he with us today.
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