The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life

The challenges of modern life are best met with poise, alertness, and nimbleness of mind and body. These attributes are our birthright, as demonstrated by every child at play. As adults, however, we tend instead to be hurried, inattentive, and stiff of mind and body. The Alexander Technique is an effective way of re-discovering our natural freedom, which is characterized not so much by what we do but by what we refrain from doing, and its resulting health and well-being.

In The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, I explain the principles of the Technique and illustrate its applications to medicine, personal relationships, sports and exercise, and the performing arts. You can read Chapter 2, The Use of the Self, including a short section on that most important of psychophysical activities, kissing. The book's section on music-making is titled Working to Principle.

A Skill for Life was published by The Crowood Press in England in the summer of 1999. A few years earlier I wrote its French version, which was published by Editions Dangles under the title La Technique Alexander: Principes et Pratique. When preparing A Skill for Life I made many changes to my original French project. The two books are therefore very different from each other.

In the United Kingdom, A Skill for Life is readily available from book stores; from the book-selling service of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique; and from regular online book sellers ( In the United States, you may order the book from the American Society for the Alexander Technique, from online booksellers such as Amazon, or from your local book store.

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