Unlearn Habitual Patterns of Tension and Stress

Re-establish the Natural Balance of Head, Neck, and Back

Enhance Your Performance In Any Activity

Recover the Free Mobility of Childhood

Restore the Body’s Natural Poise and Grace

The Alexander Technique

artofmovement-alexander-techniqueThe Alexander Technique is a system of body awareness and a practical method of “undoing” acquired habits of muscular and mental tension to recover the free mobility of childhood. The Alexander Technique is an individualized educational method to achieve physical well-being through awareness of balance, posture, and coordination.

Frances Marsden

frances marsden and the alexander techniqueFrances Marsden is a certified Alexander Technique teacher who trained in London under the tutelage of Walter Carrington, who was in turn certified directly by the method’s developer, Frederick Mathias Alexander. She teaches both privately and as faculty of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles and part-time faculty of the Occidental College Department of Applied Music.

Learn the Benefits of the Alexander Technique

After 35 years editing technical reports and magazines, scrunched up in front of a computer screen most of the time, I was chronically stressed in my neck and shoulders. Working with Frances after I retired, I learned to let go of this tension. Her hands are magical, and my lessons have changed the way I sit and walk and enjoy my life! For example, I no longer climb stairs by trying to pull my body up with my shoulders. When I do have to sit in front of a computer, I feel comfortable, relaxed, and alert.

Linda World

Retired Senior Editor, IEEE Computer Society Publications

Before I learned the Alexander Technique, I was always struggling with my singing. I felt that I had so much to express, but my singing technique brought me down, even though I practiced diligently every day. Studying with Professor Marsden, the Alexander Technique changed not only how I use my body but also how I think of the world. Emphasis on reducing extraneous body tension applies to every aspect of life. It has brought me freedom in mind and body. Michiharu Ono

Student, Occidental College

Frances is a marvelous teacher – her gracious and relaxed manner make her a joy to be with while you benefit from her immense teaching skills in teaching the Alexander Technique. I came to her in pain from a back injury and she not only helped guide me out of that crisis, but helped me discover a greater ease in how I use my body in anything I do.

Haynes Brooke


Frances is an extraordinary Alexander Technique teacher. Her coaching has made a huge difference in my performance as a French horn player. After her coaching, I gained four inches in sleeve length and went up three jacket sizes because of my shoulder width. Years after my training with her, I can feel when my body is out of equilibrium and I now have the tools to make corrections.

Doug Lyons

Music Director, Lyons Chamber Players

Frances Marsden and the Alexander Technique has been an integral part of this teacher training institute since its inception over a decade ago. Her work with participating teachers and actors not only centers them during the course but also brings awareness and insights for managing stress and tension when they return to the classroom and stage. I have a maxim: “Acting is a study of the breath.” The Alexander Technique puts this to use and our participants benefit from it, especially in the hands of master teacher like Frances. Louis Fantasia

Director, Shakespeare at the Huntington

Studying the Alexander Technique with Frances has done more to improve my clarinet playing than anything else I have tried in the 20 years since my last formal clarinet lesson. Her calm presence, wise insight and gentle physical guidance enabled me to release a fuller, warmer tone than ever before.

Margaret Thornhill

Artist/Teacher of Clarinet, Los Angeles

Frances’ gentle but always forward looking approach gave me the confidence to give up the cane and walk more like a healthy normal person. The Alexander Technique has given me a new, more positive sense of myself and to see that I was more than my disease.

Barbara Larsen

Student with rheumatoid arthritis

I stumbled into the Alexander Technique. I had no particular problems, no need to fix anything. Looking back, I’m astonished at my lack of awareness as I check off the long list of profound changes that snuck up on me. After many years practicing with Frances, I still look forward to seeing her. Her calm, focused presence creates a canvas for finding something new in familiar movements. The simple, feathery touch of her hands vaporizes obstructions and reenergizes all circuits. At the end of a lesson, I float into a brighter, clearer world.

Dragana Bajalovic

Classical Pianist and Teacher

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