What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a practical skill people learn to improve their health, wellbeing and performance. Benefits include: improved posture and ease of movement; management and relief of discomfort and stress; and improved performance in skilled activities.
The Technique is about stopping the habits that harm you.
The Alexander teacher helps you to change your postural and movement habits to create the best possible way of using yourself in activity, even if you have been struggling with injury or poor habits that limit your performance.
In our practical classes and lessons you can learn the freedom to achieve what you want with less tension, effort and struggle. We can assist you to move easily, accurately and comfortably in daily life and generate improvement in skilled activities like music and sport.
Becoming conscious of your way of moving and learning to constructively direct yourself, rather than relying on pre-established habits leads in time to mastery of effortless action and a deep understanding of your own decision making and thinking process.
The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity and adaptability to change
Alexander’s investigation uncovered fascinating aspects of how we function. These were later formulated into a set of principles that form the foundation of the Technique. The Technique has been validated by medical and other studies2 and Alexander’s principles are in accordance with the scientific disciplines of biomechanics and motor control.
The principles include the inaccuracy of habitual sensory perception, the central role in overall coordination of the head neck and back, and the reflex stimulating effect of well balanced movement.
Alexander students learn to control muscle tension, balance and coordination in activity and experience a sense of ease and grace in movement, greater confidence in completing tasks and better precision in achieving their goals.
★ Increased awareness and ease in your daily activities
★ Relief from back pain and other physical discomforts
★ Increased control and grace in movement
★ Improved posture
We notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and also in such a refined skill as playing a stringed instrument
Nikolaas Tinbergen: from his Nobel prize acceptance speech in Physiology
1. The Universal Constant in Living, 1941. See the books page.
2. For example Randomised controlled trial of Alexander Technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain Little et. al. British Medical Journal, 2008. Basic science studies have also been conducted. Contact us for more information.