‘Offshoots’ are here defined as techniques and methods inspired by or evolved from the Alexander Technique, in whole or part. This is different from applying the Alexander Technique to an activity. ‘Offshoots’ are not dependent on previous knowledge of the Technique. Some are presented below, in chronological order.
Dr Robert Henry Scanes Spicer (1856-1925)
Dr Spicer became a pupil of Alexander’s in 1904. He started to claim his own version of Alexander’s ideas as a medical discovery in July 1909 with his paper “Some Points in the Mechanics of...
The name ‘Alexander Technique’ or ‘F. M. Alexander Technique’ was not used by Alexander originally, but it came about gradually and it appears to have been used for lack of a better name. By the 1940s it became the established name for Alexander’s work.
For many years Alexander did not settle on a name, but used a variety of names as he developed his technique, examples include:
The Art of Breathing (1895)
The New Method (1900)
The perfect respiratory treatment (1903)
The Alexander Breathing Method (1905)
Mr F. Matthias...