History of the International Congresses
of the F. M. Alexander Technique

The International Congresses are a forum for workshops and presentations which bring teachers together to exchange work, knowledge, and experiences of the Technique. The focus may be practical or theoretical, and the purpose directed at improving our own use, developing the profession, developing teaching methods and enhancing our understanding of the Technique. The Congresses are open to everyone interested in the Alexander Technique.

Each Congress is run by a group of Congress Directors.
The work of the Congress Directors is supervised by the Board of International Alexander Technique Congress Directors.

It was the American teacher Michael D. Frederick who set up the first congress in 1986 in response to the need for exchange of work and ideas between different strands of teaching. Since F. M. Alexander's death it was inevitable that different teachers would evolve in different directions, although the principles of the Technique have remained the same. Due to the openness and independence of the International Congresses, they have succeded admirably in bringing together all different traditions and styles of practising and teaching the Technique.

Slideshow from the 8th International Congress 2008 in Lugano

AT Congress 2008
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Slideshow from the 7th International Congress 2004 in Oxford

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Video from the 1st International Congress 1986 in Stony Brook, New York

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History Articles

Article by Michael D. Frederick
"Reflections On Coordinating The International Congresses"

Article by Doris Dietschy
"Background and Significance"

Article by Jean M. O. Fischer
"The International Congress in Oxford"