Barstow Alexander Institute

 

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a simple, practical method for learning to improve freedom and ease of movement while regaining natural coordination. The Technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities.

The Barstow Tradition

Marjorie Barstow was an innovative teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her style of teaching was light, precise, and joyful. She asked her students to take an active part in the learning process; to think, to experiment, and to stick to the principles discovered by F.M. Alexander. What she did to help students apply Alexander's discoveries seemed created in the moment, specifically for that student and situation. She always sought simpler, more practical ways to communicate her understanding and love of the Technique, and the teachers at the Barstow Institute feel happily challenged to continue her tradition.

The Alexander Technique helps you discover a new balance and poise by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and a wide variety of specialized skills and daily activities.

Many renowned individuals have studied the Technique, including John Dewey, William Hurt, Aldous Huxley, Kevin Kline, Paul and Linda McCartney, Paul Newman, Mary Steenbergen, and Nikolas Tinbergen (recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine), to name just a few.

Stacy in class

The Alexander Technique is endorsed by and included in the curriculum of many major institutions including:

  • The American Conservatory Theatre
  • American Dance Festival
  • Brandeis University
  • The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
  • The Royal College of Music, London
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
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