The Center was established in 1972 by Edward and Linda Avak. Since then, it has provided the communities of the San Francisco Peninsula with the opportunity to receive private lessons in the F. M. Alexander Technique.
Ed and Linda received their training at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London under Walter and Dilys Carrington and were certified in 1970. After spending two years teaching the Technique in Rome and Paris, they returned to the San Francisco Bay area in 1972 where they have since been teaching. They are celebrating their 40th year of teaching the Alexander Technique.
From 1982 until 2002, the directors headed a training program to certify graduates as teachers of the Alexander Technique.
The Center is affiliated with the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), the largest association of teachers in the United States.
Linda Avak received a B.A. from Pomona College in 1958. She taught the Alexander Technique in Berkeley, CA, for twenty eight years in addition to maintaining a practice and teacher training course in Menlo Park, CA. Over the years she has presented the Technique to various groups of educators and musicians, including the California Summer Music program. In addition to her teaching, her present interests include languages, literature and the art of walking.
Edward Avak received a B.A. from Pomona College in 1959 where he was introduced to the Alexander Technique. He received an M.A. from Stanford University in 1963. Over the years he has given presentations of the Technique at Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, the Mt.View Music Center, M.R.I., local equestrian groups, Stanford Linear Accelerator, the Sequoia Union H.S. District, and an extended course of lessons at the Hidden Valley Opera, in Carmel, CA. Every summer for the last seven years he has taught at the California Summer Music program.