The Alexander Technique:

What is it ?

The Alexander Technique is a skill. It allows you to choose a more efficient and
integrated way of moving in response to life.

It restores your ability to move well – with poise and economy of effort.

Learning the Technique raises your awareness of the way you move; it helps you maintain optimum levels of balance, alignment and
muscle tension in your body.

Most of us cultivate the basis for coordinated activity and balance during early childhood. Gradually,we integrate an inherent vocabulary of reflexes and develop an ability to respond to life through an increasingly complex range of movement.

As we meet the demands of our adult lives most of us are unaware how readily we ignore the requirement for a well integrated and coordinated body structure. The urgency to 'get it done' can easily become the primary – and only – concern, and this then forms a new basis for response and movement.

We can come to rely on a pattern of largely unconscious and habitual movement which maintains neither integration nor coordination in us. This is a way of moving which works against us. The irony is that we can become so used to this that it even "feels" right!

In the long term this brings about structural changes in our body which interfere with our ability to move efficiently. In turn this can predispose us to injury and chronic musculo-skeletal pain.

The Alexander Technique teaches you how to choose between the unthinking haste of an habitual reaction and the possibility of a new pattern of response - one which is more economical in effort and appropriate to the task at hand.

Teachers of the Alexander Technique aim to help you reorganise your total pattern of body movement. They use their hands and verbal instruction to gently encourage you into new possibilities of response. This does not involve manipulation, massage, or meditation.(Individual Lessons)

The Technique is essentially an educational process – the difference is that it truly involves your body and mind. Your conscious involvement is required from the first lesson and develops over time, as you learn to examine the whole subtle and dynamic relationship of your head, neck and back.

The process of reflex integration in early childhood is largely involved in developing this particular relationship of head, neck and back. Being skillful – realising an intention via coordinated activity and poise – continues to be dependent upon this relationship.

The Alexander Technique allows you to affect this subtle and fundamental aspect of human movement; hence you discover a conscious way out of those habitual patterns of movement which continue to create or exacerbate chronic musculo-skeletal pain.

In learning to apply the Alexander Technique in your life you develop:

  • an appreciation of the practical implications of thought and its effect on muscle activity.

  • the ability to respond - instead of merely react - without incurring inappropriate levels of muscular tension, allowing the body to resume better alignment and balance.

  • an appropriate level of conscious control over the way you initiate movement and respond to life.