The Alexander technique is used to improve posture and movement, and is believed to help reduce and prevent problems caused by unhelpful habits.
During a number of lessons you’re taught to be more aware of your body, how to improve poor posture and move more efficiently.
Teachers of the Alexander technique can help to release tension in your body and relieve problems such as back pain, neck ache, sore shoulders and other musculoskeletal problems.
An Alexander Technique lesson will stimulate your ability to learn simultaneously on different levels; physically, intellectually and emotionally, allowing you to recognise harmful habits, learn how to stop and think, and essentially choose a better response.
Gradually you will learn to apply your new understanding and skills in everyday activities and more complex ones, to make yourself more aware throughout your life.
The Technique teaches us the skilful “use of the self”, i.e. how we use ourselves when moving, resting, breathing, learning, organising our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, choosing our reactions to increasingly demanding situations. You learn to become aware of, and then gradually strip away, the habits of movement, tension and reaction that interfere with natural and healthy coordination.
Coordination and poise rely on the natural balance of the head, neck and back, what F M Alexander called “the primary control”. The Technique works through re-establishing this natural balance to promote easy upright posture and efficient functioning, body and mind.
The Alexander Technique is a subtle and thoughtful discipline, yet essentially is a practical and effective practice.