Books on the Alexander Technique
Body Learning by Michael Gelb has been a steady bestseller since it was first published in 1981. Gelb provides inspiration and guidance for those who are contemplating the Alexander Technique and conveys a full understating of the complex mental and physical dynamics involved.
The Alexander Technique Manual by Richard Brennan. With the help of colour photographs it reveals exactly how we place ourselves under excessive strain and how the Alexander Technique can help us ease this tension and achieve a more balanced use of ourselves. It discusses the application of the Technique to activities as diverse as horse-riding, running, playing a musical instrument and riding a bicycle.
The Alexander Technique Birth Book by Ilana Machover, Angela & Jonathan Drake presents a new and inspiring approach to all aspects of child-bearing. This fully-illustrated practical book shows women how to prepare for pregnancy and childbirth using the Alexander Technique.
The Use of the Self. First published in 1932 this is the third and shortest book Alexander wrote on his Technique. In it he describes the experiments and observations which led him to formulate his Technique.
The Alexander Principle by Dr Wilfred Barlow. Wilfred Barlow was the first doctor to train with Alexander and his pioneering book is now a classic.
Freedom to Change by Frank Pierce Jones deals with the development and science of the Alexander Technique. Besides relating his own teaching experiences Jones summarizes his 25 years of research into the Technique which provide scientific support for Alexander's ground-breaking discoveries.Scientific Research Further Reading
I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.
John Cleese, actor