The Alexander Technique

Books about the Technique

Much has been written about the Alexander Technique. To try and choose from the many, many titles would be a difficult task, so here are just few of my recommendations.


Live Better: Alexander Technique, Skills and Inspirations for well-being by Joe Searby

This is a new, pocket size, very accessible and quite short book (I read it on a two hour flight) which gives a comprehensive introduction to the principles of the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Principle, Dr Wilfred Barlow

The first book I ever read on the Technique in ’94. Wilfred Barlow trained with Alexander and was the first doctor to do so. I couldn’t put it down when I read it, and I find it just as readable today.

F.M. The life of FM Alexander by Michael Bloch

Published in 2004, I found this truly excellent biography of Alexander impossible to put down.

The Use of the Self by FM Alexander

This is the most famous, and by far the shortest of any of Alexander’s books. It describes how he
discovered the principles of what became the Alexander Technique.

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Links to other Alexander Technique Teachers and to a brilliant stool for desk work:

The Wave Seat

London Alexander Technique
Kate Howe, Shepherds Bush and Chiswick, West London

Fine Balance studio
Sara Solnick, Chiswick, West London

Guillem Delclos
Teacher in Girona, Spain

Cathie Kaye
Teacher in Ealing, West London

Jill Payne
Teacher in Beckenham and Bromley

Brian Dodgeon
Teacher in London W10

Colin Beattie and Gloria Pullen
Teachers in Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Vivienne Ritchie
Teacher in South London

Tanya Shoop
Teacher in Brixton, and City of London

Daniel Harbach
Teacher in Zurich

Angus Antley
Teacher in Little Venice, London

Joe Searby
Teacher in Burford, Oxfordshire

David Nesmith
Teacher in Columbus Ohio, USA

Steve Greensted

Change involves carrying out an activity against the habit of life.

F.M. Alexander (1869-1955)