Welcome to ‘Poise’

Poise is an independent journal of the Alexander Technique, covering almost all aspects of the Technique.

The aim is to reach an international audience and all levels of experience: pupils, students and teachers irrespective of teaching style, training background and society affiliation.

Poise is an open access journal: it is free to read and download. Articles are published online as soon as they are accepted and ready. Announcements of new articles are made on Mouritz Facebook and email newsletters.

Poise launched in 2023. It is run by volunteers and is hosted for free by Mouritz. The editors are: David Gibbens assisted by Regina Stratil and Jean M. O. Fischer.

Contributions to Poise are warmly welcomed. The editors invite early contact from potential contributors so that we can offer the maximum support through to publication. For more details visit our special section for contributors.

Poise is the successor to Conscious Control, the Mouritz print journal published between 2007 and 2008. Copies of this are still available to purchase: for details see here.

Editorial Board

David Gibbens (Senior editor)
Trained Fellside Alexander School 1989-1992. STAT (non-teaching member).
email: david.gibbens@mouritz.org
Regina Stratil (Editor)
Trained Alexander Technique Studio in London 2011–14. GATOE, STAT.
Jean M. O. Fischer (Consulting Editor)
Trained 1984–87 Aalborg Alexanderskole Forening. Assistant Head of Training at the Alexander Technique Studio in London 1997–2012. Head of Training since 2022 at the Alexander-Technik Studio Graz. GATOE, STAT, AmSAT.


Following the recommendations of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing[*], the following additional points should be noted :

  1. Poise is wholly owned by Jean M. O. Fischer as part of the Mouritz business of which he is the sole proprietor. For details about Mouritz see the Impressum web-page.
  2. The costs of running Poise are borne from within the income of Mouritz’s publishing business and donations.
  3. Poise does not accept advertising.
  4. Contributors are not paid for their material.
  5. There are no charges for having material published by Poise (‘Article Processing Charges’).
  6. To ensure long-term availability of material, and as a precaution in the event that Poise ceases publication, articles will be archived to the Internet Archive within two years of publication or immediately upon Poise ceasing to be available.
  7. The website is protected from malicious software via the hosting company using tools such as Fastguard, Cloudflare, Immunity360, ModSecurity Web Application Firewall; and via security updates as and when needed by the Drupal Content Management System platform community. Mouritz can, however, offer no warranty explicit or implied that using the website or downloading files is free of risk: for further details see our full disclaimer.


Mouritz accepts the guidelines and flowcharts published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) insofar as they can be applied to Poise and insofar as we are capable of applying them. The COPE material covers:

  1. Authorship and contributorship (https://publicationethics.org/authorship )
  2. Complaints and appeals (https://publicationethics.org/appeals)
  3. Allegations of research misconduct (https://publicationethics.org/misconduct)
  4. Conflicts of interest (https://publicationethics.org/competinginterests)
  5. Data sharing and reproducibility (https://publicationethics.org/data)
  6. Ethical oversight (https://publicationethics.org/oversight)
  7. Intellectual property (https://publicationethics.org/intellectualproperty)
  8. Post-publication discussions (https://publicationethics.org/postpublication)
  9. Corrections and retractions (https://publicationethics.org/postpublication) .

The caveats above indicate that, whilst Poise seeks to uphold high standards of scholarship, it does not purport to be an academic journal, has no institutional affiliations, and has minimal resources. But if the scenarios and challenges envisaged by the COPE standards arise, we'll do the best job we reasonably can to apply the COPE standards.

[*] Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing 4th Version, September 2022 version, jointly prepared by Committee on Publication Ethics, Directory of Open Access Journals, Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association, and the World Association of Medical Editors