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Paths to the Alexander Technique edited by Shelagh Aitken 
The storytellers in this book stumble across the Alexander Technique, often after years of searching and experimenting with solutions, mainstream and alternative, for a problem they cannot solve. The search may start with a crisis, large or small, physical or mental, which suddenly becomes worse. Someone mentions the Alexander Technique, and they try it in desperation when other disciplines have failed. 
 
Over time, the storytellers find that the problems seem to solve themselves, or diminish in importance. And they notice other, unexpected benefits: a sharpness of vision and reaction; more confidence; a feeling of being more at ease with themselves in the world, physically, mentally and emotionally. 
 
A wonderful collection of stories concerning diverse people with diverse problems: from those with bad backs, weak legs or sore feet to others trying to find more efficient ways to cycle, write or play a musical instrument. All encounter and then engage with the Alexander Technique, and in doing so discover its direct relevance to their everyday lives. 
Sean Carey PhD, author of five acclaimed books on the Alexander Technique 
 
Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity 
Improve how you sit, stand, walk, work and run by Seán Carey 
 
Seán Carey PhD has written a groundbreaking book on the Alexander Technique. After introductory chapters, on FM Alexander's discovery and inhibition and direction, those that follow analyse a sequence of basic human movements of the sort that all able-bodied people on the planet perform. So you will learn in detail about standing, walking, running (even for a bus), sitting, bending, using the arms and hands, lying down, and breathing – including the reasons why most of us carry out such movements ‘badly’. 
 
Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity is an excellent book. It's always difficult to write engagingly about something that has to be felt and lived for true understanding, but Sean Carey has managed it. I find myself regularly dipping into it for a refresher of everything I learned from him many years ago. 
Dr Roger Neighbour, OBE, former President of the Royal College of General Physicians and author of The Inner Consultation and The Inner Apprentice
 
Connected Perspectives - The Alexander Technique in Context 
Edited by Claire Rennie, Tanya Shoop and Kamal Thapen  
 
Launched on the 28th February 2015, Connected Perspectives comprises 23 contemporary articles which relate the Alexander Technique to diverse fields of human endeavour. Ranging from Literature to Musical Training, from Skiing to Sex, from Psychotherapy to Anatomy, from Birth to Personal Cultivation, from the Ideomotor Principle to Historical Overviews – this collection is essential reading for those who would like to explore the breadth and depth of the Alexander Technique in a wider context. Written by experts in their respective fields, the articles invite readers not previously acquainted with the Technique to gain an understanding of its potential. Taken as a whole, it is hoped that Connected Perspectives will also reveal opportunities for future research and collaboration. 
 
Authors: Jonathan Cole, Julia Woodman, Sue Pepper, Kathleen Ballard, Christine Ackers, Claire de Obaldia, Fumie Hosoi, Keith Sylvester, Malcolm Williamson, Alex Farkas, Tim Kjeldsen, Peter Ribeaux, Henry Fagg, Erik Bendix, Brita Forsstrom, Judith Kleinman, Peter Buckoke, Joseph Sanders, Nadia Kevan, Barry Collins, Sheila Christie, Sharyn West, Lucia Walker, Glenna Batson and Anne Battye. 
 
Playing with Posture: Positive Child Development using the Alexander Technique 
by Sue Holladay 
 
In this book Sue shows how the Alexander Technique can help parents and carers improve their children’s posture and learning capabilities. The value and essence of the Technique is easily and clearly communicated by the use of simple examples, activities and games that benefit the whole family. 
Ideal for Alexander Technique teachers to recommend to parents and carers. 
 
Playing with Posture is in a readable, direct and chatty style with eleven chapters: 1 Introduction, 2 Foundations, 3 Not so Common Sense, 4 Alexander and Positive Child Development, 5 Mapping the Body, 6 Reset and Restore, 7 Putting it into Practice, 8 Thinking in Action, 9 School Life, 10 The Home Environment, 11 Conclusion 
 
It is highly relevant for parents and carers of children and its scope is sufficiently broad to be a manual for parenting. Sue’s commonsense style is refreshing and her message is ultimately uplifting and inspiring. Alison S J Edwards BSc DC FCC DCCP FEAC (Paediatrics) 
 
Alexander Technique: The Ground Rules 
Marjory Barlow in conversation with Sean Carey 
 
This book reveals unique information and insights about FM Alexander, the first Alexander training course established in 1931, and what Marjory Barlow considered to be the ground rules of the Alexander Technique, including monkey, squatting, hands over the back of a chair, going up on the toes, going back from the ankles, the lunge, the whispered ah, and lying down. 
 
Sean Carey must be congratulated on putting together a tightly focused project based upon three very significant aspects of Marjory Barlow's experiences. Firstly, covering the very personal reasons of why she originally took lessons , then her experiences of life on that earliest of training courses, and finally, the very pivotal 'stuff' for us coal-face Alexander folk, the Ground Rules for all the basic techniques. 
Barry Collins, Alexander Teacher and former dentist 
 
 
 
 
DVD 1: Chair Work 1st generation teacher Patrick Macdonald  
working with a series of students on Pinkas & Ottiwell San Francisco course. 
 
I particularly like the way it demonstrates what differentiates the hands-on work of the Alexander teacher from any other modalities, and that there is a little more to teacher training (in demonstrating the specific ‘directions’ to the Primary Control) than is often seen and understood. 
 
We ended up showing the DVD to the group and then had a discussion - just wonderful! I had not seen that video of Mr. Macdonald and I think it is outstanding. 
Diana Devitt-Dawson (Head of Training, Sydney) 
 
Film Footage is original 1975 footage. 62 minutes duration. Copyright Giora Pinkas. 
Black and white film with voices. Contains background noise and audio poor in places. 
 
DVD 2: Chair & Table Work 1st generation teacher Patrick Macdonald  
working with a series of students on Pinkas & Ottiwell San Francisco course. 
 
I particularly like the way it demonstrates what differentiates the hands-on work of the Alexander teacher from any other modalities, and that there is a little more to teacher training (in demonstrating the specific ‘directions’ to the Primary Control) than is often seen and understood. 
 
We ended up showing the DVD to the group and then had a discussion - just wonderful! I had not seen that video of Mr. Macdonald and I think it is outstanding. 
Diana Devitt-Dawson (Head of Training, Sydney) 
 
Film Footage is original 1975 footage. 62 minutes duration. Copyright Giora Pinkas. 
Black and white film with voices. Contains background noise and audio poor in places. 
 
Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Kamal Thapen 
 
Kamal has been teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan in London for over 15 years. He is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique and this has influenced his teaching style. 
 
Trained in T’ai Chi with the European School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan under Louanne Richards and Tew Bunnag. He is immensely grateful to all the teachers of the school who helped him along his path. 
 
He hopes that this DVD will help you to learn, practice and enjoy the benefits of T’ai Chi Ch’uan at home and as a companion to classes. 
Paths to the Alexander Technique
 
Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity  Improve how you sit, stand, walk, work and run by Seán Carey
 
Connected Perspectives - The Alexander Technique in Context
 
Playing with Posture
 
Alexander Technique:   The Ground Rules
DVD1 Patrick Macdonald
 
 
 
 
DVD2 Patrick Macdonald
 
 
 
 
 
Yang Style Tai Chi

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