General Alexander Technique Resources:
The American Society for the Alexander Technique: www.amsat.ws
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique: www.alexandertechnique.com
Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies: www.alexandertechniqueworldwide.com
Special Interest Links and Articles:
NPR report: “Alexander Technique: A Balm For Back Pain?”: www.npr.org
British Medical Journal Back Pain Study: www.bmj.com
Chronic Pain and the Alexander Technique: www.alexandertechnique.com
Ergonomics and the Alexander Technique: www.ergonomics.org
O, The Oprah Magazine article, “A Dramatic Cure for Back Pain”: www.oprah.com
Swimming and the Alexander Technique: www.artofswimming.com
Biotensegrity Links and Articles:
Boggs, Carol. “Biotensegrity and the Alexander Technique: Support through Suspension.” The Congress Papers: Learning from Each Other, Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of the F. M. Alexander Technique, Lugano, Switzerland, 7-13 August 2011, pp. 166-174. STAT Books: London.
Dietschy, Doris. “One Plus One Makes Three: Buckminster Fuller’s Principles of Complementary Forces as a Way to Understand Our Ability to Balance and Move.” The Congress Papers: From Generation to Generation, Proceedings from the 8th International Congress of the F.M. Alexander Technique, Lugano, Switzerland, 10-16 August, 2008, vol. 1, p.144-149. STAT Books: London. AT teacher applying tensegrity principles to teaching the AT.
Guimberteau, M.D., Jean-Claude. “Strolling Under the Skin: Images of Living Matter Architectures.” DVD, 2005. In vivo video showing the plasticity and tensegrity of living tissues. Click here to see YouTube video excerpt.
Dr. Stephen Levin, orthopedic surgeon, was the first to apply principles of tensegrity to biological structures on the macro level, particularly musculo-skeletal biomechanics. Coined the term biotensegrity. Click “modeling” for video stream conversations between Levin and Flemons. Article: “Continuous Tension, Discontinuous Compression: A Model for Biomechanical Support of the Body.” DVD: “Biotensegrity and Dynamic Anatomy” 2005-06. Available on website.
Tom Flemons, inventor, designer and sculptor, creates models of human anatomy that directly demonstrate the principles of biotensegrity. Models available for purchase. Article: “The Geometry of Anatomy.” (click at bottom of resource page)
Kenneth Snelson, sculptor, studied under Buckminster Fuller at Black Mountain College and in 1948 was the first to create sculptures based on tensegrity.
Donald Ingber MD, PhD, Head of Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Researches tensegrities on the cytoskeleton level. Article: “The Architecture of Life,” Scientific American, Jan. 1998.