The first training course students, as part of applying the Technique, experimented with playing tennis. Erika Whittaker reports:

Then we decided we would try playing tennis with our left hands. This we did in Battersea Park: keep your length, use your left hand and do things differently. Break the habit.[1]


  • ‘Love-40’ by Barbara Kent relates to her experiences of learning tennis in her ‘later years’, incorporating the Technique.[2]
  • ‘Mind tennis: Analysing the critical moment’ discusses the roles of biomechanical science, contemporary coaching and an Alexander inspired methodology of improving performance.[3]
  • ‘Kids on the court’ reports on Joe Boland’s experiences of teaching children tennis incorporating the Alexander Technique.[4]


There is a brief footage of the first training course students playing tennis in Barstow’s film footage published in DVD.[5]


[1] ‘Alexander’s Way’ by Erika Whittaker in The Alexander Journal no. 13, Autumn 1993 (STAT), p. 5.
[2] ‘Love-40’ by Barbara Kent in Curiosity Recaptured edited by Jerry Sontag (Mornum Time Press, 1996), pp. 215–21.
[3] ‘Mind tennis: Analysing the critical moment’ (no author) in Direction vol. 3, no. 9 edited by Paul Cook (Direction Journal, 2015), pp. 11–15.
[4] ‘Kids on the court’ (no author) in Direction vol. 3, no. 8 edited by Paul Cook (Direction Journal, 2010), pp. 14–19.
[5] F. M. Alexander 1949-50 DVD narrated by Walter Carrington (Mouritz, 2010).