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“It’s not a trivial undertaking to change the underlying patterns of use.”

David Moore
Director, School for F.M. Alexander Studies
Fitzroy North, Australia

Photo Credit : Museums Victoria /Unsplash.com
Emily McPherson College Library, Russell St., circa 1960s
Reference Sites

Below is a list of links for those who wish to read more about the Alexander Technique – what it is, how it works, and its benefits. 

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique is one of the most comprehensive sources for information about the Alexander Technique on the web.

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) was founded in the UK in 1958 by teachers trained by F.M. Alexander. There is an extensive list of published research on many topics showing the benefits of the Alexander Technique including back pain, balance, musical performance, movement coordination, Parkinson’s Disease, osteoarthritis and more.

Alexander Technique Science is developed by Tim Cacciatore, Rajal Cohen, Patrick Johnson, and Andrew McCann who together have many decades of both scientific research experience and Alexander Technique teaching experience. The site is devoted to improving scientific understanding of the Alexander Technique (AT) – its principles, practices, reported and demonstrated benefits, and terminology.

The School for F.M. Alexander Studies commenced in 1998 and is the home of the AUSTAT accredited Alexander teacher training course located here in Melbourne, Australia and the Smart Yoga teacher training course. The Director of the school, David Moore, graduated from Australia’s first Alexander Technique training course in Sydney in 1985. Prior to studying the Alexander technique, he spent many years of yoga practice including over seven years in India and Thailand, over two years in Thai meditation monasteries, and two years in Madras studying at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandaram. Jenny Thirtle, the Assistant Director of the school, has a professional background as a clarinetist and opera singer, and has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1996 This website has a blog full of articles about the application of the technique on diverse topics including Parkinson’s Disease, the use of orthotics, horse riding, relaxation, and the problem with sitting.

The Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT) Inc. is the peak body for teachers of Alexander Technique in Australia. AUSTAT regulates education and training in Alexander Technique nationally and coordinates the professional development program for its members.

F.M. Alexander's Publications
  • Man’s Supreme Inheritance, 1910
    • This was Alexander’s first book on his technique.
      Forward by Walter Carrington
      Introductory Word by Professor John Dewey
  • Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual, 1923
    • Alexander’s second book on his technique, with new and reset edition containing two prefaces by Alexander, an introduction by John Dewey, a new foreword by Walter Carrington, and introductory notes by Jean Fischer.
  • The Use of the Self, 1932
    • The world-famous classic by the originator of the Alexander Technique, with a new perspective by Anthony Kingsley.
  • Universal Constant in Living, 1941
    • This 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.
  • F.M. Alexander Letters Vol. 1&2
    • These two volumes contain almost all known existing letters by F. M. Alexander.
  • Articles and Lectures, 1895-1910
    • A compilation of material by Alexander not included in his four books. It contains all known early articles on the Technique, from 1895 to 1910 and all of Alexander’s known lectures.
  • Aphorisms
    • 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 above titles are available through Mouritz.co.uk, with the exception of “The Use of the Self”, the most recent edition of which (2018) can be purchased from Booktopia.com.au.

Photo taken in January 2019
of the permanent papier-mâché statue of Alexander working with a student
housed at the Wonders of Waratah in Wynyard, Tasmania.

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