An Alexander Technique Approach to Using the Elliptical Trainer


This is an ebook that uses the Alexander Technique principles of good posture and great technique to assist in using the elliptical trainer. The majority of this ebook is VERY specific in describing how to make changes to how you use the trainer, so that you can use it with mechanically advantageous body use. It describes how to use the elliptical trainer without harming your body. The sections of this ebook are: What the Alexander Technique Offers Elliptical Users; Posture; Lifting your Heels; Back Back (not arching the back); Spiraling; From the Calves, Psoas, and Hamstrings; Abdominals to the Back; All Together; Torso, Shoulders, and Breathing; Direction (full upright decompressed gliding); Inhibition (letting go of bad habits); On the Elliptical Trainer; Guided Whole Body Release before You Use the Trainer; and Effortless Use of the Elliptical Trainer, Orders of Allowance; When You’re Not Doing Something, Don’t Continue to Do It; and in the Zone.
Ethan Kind is a former concert guitarist who used the Alexander Technique to heal carpal tunnel pain in his left wrist and never had physical problems on the guitar again. He has also been an athlete all of his life. Please contact Mr. Kind if you have any questions about this ebook, suggestions that would make this ebook clearer and more expansive, or suggestions for other ebooks that you would like to see him write about. Mr. Kind can be reached at and .

This book is 44 pages


About Ethan Kind

“When you change old habitual movement patterns with the Alexander Technique, whether in playing a musical instrument, running, weightlifting, walking, or typing at a computer, you create an ease of body use that moves you consistently into the zone.” – Ethan Kind

Ethan Kind writes and is published extensively on all of the above activities. He teaches musicians, athletes, and computer operators how to stop hurting themselves, by showing them how to use their bodies with ease and coordination. He brings a unique perspective to his work, having been a musician and athlete all of his life.

Ethan brings a rich and varied background to his role of inspiring musicians. After receiving both B.M. and M.M. Degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Ethan worked as a performer and an instructor in classical guitar. While a guitar student at the Royal College of Music in London, he developed sever carpal tunnel and sought out an Alexander Technique teacher to alleviate the pain. At that time he found very quickly how he had been sacrificing his body to do what he loved–striving for the perfect performance.

After training for three years at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (New York, NY), Ethan received Professional Certification credentials. Since that time he has shared his knowledge on “making music a gift” as a private instructor and also as a faculty member of such institutions as Guilford College, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Wake Forest University. He has also instructed numerous participants in his popular workshops.

Ethan has published articles in this country and abroad on the Alexander Technique and wellness issues in many journals, including Music Teacher, American Music Teacher, American String Teacher, New Mexico Light, Massage Therapy Journal, and Yoga and Life. Visit his website at