Alexander Technique is practical and results in real constructive change in how we function. At the heart of Alexander Technique is learning to prevent habitual straining as we engage in the activities of our lives. The range of activities extends from simply walking, lifting and sitting to playing the violin, exercise and public speaking.
By means of gentle verbal and hands-on instruction you will be guided to move without engaging your habitual tension pattern. Students who apply Alexander's process become more poised, improving their balance, flexibility and coordination.
You function best when you don't strain. It is good to discover that you can prevent the effort, tension and pain that you have come to expect.
F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) began a career as a Shakespearian actor, but encountered chronic problems with vocal strain. Unable to find lasting relief, he devoted a decade to research and experimentation, healing his voice and leading to many decades of teaching others the technique that bears his name.
Over the twentieth century, the Alexander Technique became widely used in a broad variety of fields, including athletics, education, the performing arts, therapeutic professions and Olympic sports. American philosopher and reformer John Dewey was among the first to take an interest. Current developments in fields as diverse as neuroscience, complementery medicine and psychology are consistent with F.M. Alexander’s discoveries. Teachers are pursuing its benefits among individuals with ADHD and physical disabilities.
Studying The Alexander Technique can help you:
• Improve balance, posture and ease of movement
• Recover from injuries and lifelong patterns that interfere with body use
• Increase comfort when sitting, standing and walking
• Enhance coordination in daily routines, sports and performing arts
• Achieve awareness and freedom of choice in movement
How can it help with so many different things?
The Alexander Technique helps us understand our fundamental patterns of movement and body use, whether in everyday routines like typing and driving a car, or in specialized activities such as martial arts and public speaking. It’s not an “instant cure”; instead, it rewards patient study by developing lasting results that enhance all your daily activities.
How does it work?
The Alexander Technique helps you unlearn patterns that do you no good and discover your natural poise, command and freedom. Students often combine private lessons and groupclasses. Progress is steady, incremental and lasting.