is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for
self-improvement and self-help. Anyone can benefit.
is about the study of the "use" of ourselves. How we "use"
ourselves affects how we function in our activities. "Use
of the self" refers to more than posture or movement. It includes
how we think.
happens in a private lesson?
Your teacher helps you to understand how your movement style
is hindering you. The teacher will instruct you, with words
and touch, to approach movement differently.
Can you learn the
Alexander Technique on your own?
Habits are unconscious. It takes
a highly trained teacher to help you perceive and change your
should have private lessons?
strongly recommend you have a course of one-to-one lessons
before joining the yoga classes. This is especially important
if you have existing problems.
I always need lessons?
No! The goal is to use what you learn independently so you
can participate in the pursuits you enjoy with renewed energy,
comfort and confidence.
did it come from?
F.M. Alexander was a successful reciter and actor in Australia
in the late 1800s. In attempting to correct a disabling voice
problem, he discovered that he was misusing himself in such
a way that he was interfering with his body's natural functioning.
After a period of patient observation, he identified certain
basic principles of flexibility and co-ordination. Gradually,
his voice problem disappeared and he showed a remarkable improvement
in his general health. Alexander spent the rest of his life
in England and America, perfecting his technique and training
others to teach. Today, there are Alexander teachers in practice
throughout the world.
can it do for you?
The Alexander Technique is a powerful tool to be applied to
all aspects of daily life. Lessons in the technique show pupils
how to overcome patterns of bodily misuse which interfere-both
physically and mentally-with their poise and functioning.
benefits include improved co-ordination and an enhanced sense
of well-being. As you learn to release unnecessary tension,
your ability to enjoy life increases.
is it for?
Individuals of any age and all walks of life can benefit from
the technique. People who experience posture-related discomfort,
such as back and neck pain, tension and stress, learn to alleviate
health-conscious individuals take lessons to increase their
awareness of (and thus improve) their everyday use of themselves.
artists and sports players discover ways to enhance co-ordination