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Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method Guide

Getting Started

This site is intended as a guide to researching the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method®. The tabs above list types of resources available. Choose any tab to get started.  If you are new to research, you may find it helpful to work from left to right across the tabs.

Most materials discussed in this guide are located at the Music and Performing Arts Library. If, during the course of your research, you encounter resources that we do not own, please request the item from the IShare catalog or via InterLibrary Loan. If you encounter titles that you really think the Library should own, please recommend a purchase from our Services page.

About Alexander Technique

The Alexander technique is a system to improve posture and movement, and to use muscles efficiently. The technique takes its name from F. Matthias Alexander, whodeveloped principles as a tool to alleviate his breathing problems and hoarseness in the 1890s.  The Alexander technique is used remedially to regain freedom of movement. It is used to undo the establishment of nuisance habits by all manner of performers, including musicians, actors, and dancers, and it is used as a self-awareness and self-help tool to change specific habits.

About Feldenkrais Method®

The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). The method is designed to improve movement, reduce pain, or reduce limitations in movement through self-awareness.   The Feldenkrais Method® falls within the field of integrative medicine or complementary medicine.