What is The Alexander Technique?

Developed over 100 years ago by an Australian actor, Frederick Matthais (F.M.) Alexander, the Alexander Technique is taught internationally by over 2500 teachers in schools, universities (especially the performing arts), and in the workplace, where long periods of sitting and extensive computer use result in a host of preventable and often reversible problems. 

The Alexander Technique is a "life hack" that will help you with everything you do. This mindful, movement education teaches you how to undo bad habits that interfere with your natural coordination so that you can walk, sit, sing, speak, and go about all your activities with educated awareness, greater ease, and improved functioning. The Alexander Technique is a practice and discipline that you develop and a discipline that informs your everyday.

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Founder F.M. Alexander working with educator and philosopher John Dewey, circa 1920

Founder F.M. Alexander working with educator and philosopher John Dewey, circa 1920

You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual, into muscular tension.
— F.M. Alexander

What happens in a lesson?

The teacher uses light, hands-on guidance and verbal cues to encourage the student to examine unnecessary habits that are interfering with their natural coordination. Students work in and out of a chair, lying down, and sometimes at the computer or with an instrument. Ideally, this method of self care becomes a practice that goes beyond lessons with your teacher.  Students learn to carry themselves better and move more efficiently in every day activities. Just like anything you learn, for example an instrument or a language, learning the technique takes time, practice and focus. 

What are the benefits? 

If you care about how you use your body, then you can benefit from Alexander work.

  • Improved poise, coordination, balance, and breathing
  • Freedom from bad habits 
  • Better posture at the computer and in every day activities
  • Heightened mind and body awareness 
  • Enhanced presentation skills and performance
  • Support through childbirth
  • Increased ability to deal with stress
  • Relief of pain and tension from over-used, shortened muscles
  • Strengthening of under-used muscles 


Here's what some well-known people have to say about Alexander Technique:

[The Alexander Technique allows] you to feel what it’s like to stay open physically, and also stay fully involved in whatever you’re supposed to be doing.
— Annette Bening, Actor
The Alexander Technique helped a long-standing back problem and to get a good night’s sleep after many years of tossing and turning.
— Paul Newman, Actor
The Alexander Technique bears the same relation to education that education itself bears to all other activities.
— Professor John Dewey, Philosopher