What is the Alexander Technique? – Part 2

This is a question Alexander Technique teachers get all the time, and one I wrote about last January in What is the Alexander Technique?  It’s something I keep coming back to. Teachers’ replies to this most basic of questions about … Continue reading

Change Your Tune

I once assisted the late Marjorie Barstow on a teaching trip to a large mid-western university where she gave classes in the Alexander Technique to Music Department faculty and students. In one class, a professor asked for help playing the … Continue reading

When will you finally get it?

Picture this Alexander Technique workshop scene: About 30 people of widely varying ages and experience with the Technique are seated in a circle in a basement classroom of a university music department. Standing in the center of the group is … Continue reading

Horse Sense and Sensibility

Many years ago I showed a copy of the Equitation issue of Direction Journal to Marjorie Barstow, the first person to graduate from the first Alexander Technique training course. Until her death at age 95, she was the world’s senior … Continue reading

Marj Barstow: Master Teacher of the Alexander Technique

Marjorie Barstow, who everybody called Marj, was the first person to graduate from F. Matthias Alexander’s first training course.  She worked for a while with FM’s brother Albert Redden Alexander in Boston and New York and then on the eve … Continue reading

Alexander joins the NeuroZone

Marjorie Barstow, a well-known teacher of the Alexander Technique used to say “Someday there will be a science of human movement that incorporates Alexander’s discoveries.”  (Alexander is F. Matthias Alexander, the developer of the Alexander Technique.) I was always a … Continue reading

“Take a gambling chance”

That’s a phrase the late Marjorie Barstow used a lot.  When she was 90 years old, someone she had never met called and asked if she’d fly – by herself – across the country, to a city where she’d never … Continue reading

Pity Poor Posture…So Terribly Misunderstood

I recently tried to do an interview with Posture for the Alexander Technique podcast, but he’d moved so far from civilization – and good internet connections – that the audio quality was terrible.  But he has an important point he … Continue reading

“A Little bit of Nothing”

That’s how Alexander Technique teacher Marjorie Barstow often described her work.  Sometimes, towards the end of her four-week summer workshops she’d say to the group: “Now when you get home, and people ask you what you learned in Nebraska, you … Continue reading