The Use Of The Self

The Use Of The Self

by F.M. Alexander
The Use Of The Self

The Use Of The Self

by F.M. Alexander


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The world famous classic by the originator of the Alexander Technique, with a new perspective by Anthony Kingsley.

Frederick Matthias Alexander was born in Tasmania in 1869. In his twenties, he became a professional reciter of dramatic pieces. After almost completely losing his voice he pioneered a method of improving the 'use' of his body musculature in all positions and movements and cured his vocal problems without medical aid.

Alexander then realised that most people stood, sat and moved in a defective manner and that incorrect 'use of the self' might be the cause of much human suffering. He moved to London and established a school, publishing several books and achieving success, with recommendations from famous contemporaries such as Aldous Huxley and Sir Stafford Cripps. Alexander died in 1955 but his 'principle' lives on through the work of many teachers of his method.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409182955
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 338,757
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

F.M. Alexander was an Australian actor who developed the process known as the Alexander Technique.

Table of Contents

A New Perspective Anthony Kingsley 3

Preface 13

Preface to New Edition (1941) 17

I Evolution of a Technique 21

II Use and Functioning in Relation to Reaction 49

III The Golfer Who Cannot Keep his Eyes on the Ball 56

IV The Stutterer 70

V Diagnosis and Medical Training 86

Appendix 110

Index 119

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