Energy. Integration. Freedom. Stability. Dynamic. Balance.
What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a practical method of energizing and coordinating the body while releasing excessive tension.
How is it different from other physical disciplines?
Rather than emphasizing muscular effort in order to improve balance and posture, the Alexander Technique teaches people how to let go of damaging physical habits that interfere with upright posture and freedom of movement.
Using a combination of gentle hands on and verbal guidance, Alexander teachers help students release patterns of compression, collapse and excessive effort in the body. With practice of the Technique, individuals unleash the power of the postural support musculature, leading to increased energy, freedom of movement, and dynamic equilibrium. The Technique can be beautifully integrated into all types of physical activities, and will even improve practices like running/jogging, yoga, martial arts, and dance.
Who was Alexander?
Frederick Matthais Alexander was a Shakespearean orator (actor) in the 1890s who experienced vocal trouble during performance. He realized that his vocal problems were caused by poor physical habits and developed the Technique as a way to re-educate his body and mind as a whole.
Who takes Alexander lessons?
ANYONE of ANY age can benefit from lessons in the Technique. Musicians, actors, dancers, and singers commonly study the Technique to keep their instrument working optimally. Those who experience chronic pain typically find that regular lessons relieve pain and improve their quality of life. Additionally, individuals interested in body/mind disciplines and/or alternative self-care methods are often drawn to the Technique.
photo: Nick Raines