The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for self-improvement and self-help. Anyone can benefit. Poise, vitality and coordination improve. Breathing and speaking become easier. Movement becomes freer, lighter and more enjoyable.
You can use the Alexander Technique to perform better
Performers can improve stamina, increase clarity of perception, free up spontaneity and manage stage fright. Sports people can improve flexibility, timing and efficiency, to be on form more consistently. With the Alexander technique, you learn to understand the basis of coordination and how to attend to process.
Performing artists and athletes of all standards around the world apply the Alexander technique to their practice. It is also taught at many performing arts schools and colleges.
For your health and well-being
Learning the Alexander technique can help you to prevent or alleviate conditions associated with undue tension or poor posture. These include: many difficulties with coordination and movement; joint muscle problems; breathing disorders; and stress-related conditions. It can enhance rehabilitation after operations, injury, or illness, and provide support during pregnancy and preparation for childbirth. It can improve management of stress and pain, and provide coping skills for chronic illness and disabilities.
For your self-development
The Alexander technique offers you a method for life-long learning. You can use it to develop self-awareness and self reliance. The technique can add a new dimension of creativity to your life and lead to on-going self-discovery.
How can I learn?
You learn the Alexander Technique through one-to-one lessons with a qualified teacher. This setting provides the best opportunity for your individual needs to be addressed.
The number of lessons you take will depend on your particular needs and goals, and these can be discussed with your teacher. Please note that Alexander teachers, although highly trained, are not medical advisors and do not make medical diagnoses. Learning the Alexander technique involves changing long-standing habits, so improvement relies in part on your active participation. A course of 20 – 30 regular lessons can provide a good foundation for on-going self-discovery for most people.
What happens in lessons?
Your teacher will use explanation and a guiding touch to help you re-discover balance and ease within yourself. You start by working with simple movements and positions – such as sitting, walking, or bending the knee – which are basic to all activity. Through experience and observation, you learn how your coordination works- how you create tension and how you can prevent or release it. This awareness enables you to change longstanding habits and function more efficiently. In time and with practice you will be able to use your new understanding and skill in more complex and demanding activities and situations in your daily life. You can bring awareness and poise to anything that you do.
Alexander lessons involve some movement, so you may be asked to wear non-restrictive clothing and remove your shoes.