What is The Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a practice of self-discovery facilitated by a teacher who has spent at least 1600 hours of study working on his/her self. This investigative space is non-judgmental, and highly educational.
The interested student, with an open-mind and desire to improve, learns through the communication of the teacher with light hands-on and verbal instruction in every day activities such as sitting, walking, standing.
You can read about the foundation of this transaction described by FM Alexander (1869-1955) in “The Use of the Self” (1932) in which he tells his story of facing problems and finding solutions as an actor who went chronically horse and then found his voice again through these methods, and then some.
The work is that of undoing, rather than doing, in order to remove layers of interference between you and your optimal overall functioning.
The way we do something is the way we do everything. We bring your habits into sitting, standing, speaking, dancing, working, playing. The work shows you what habits need letting go and how.
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?
Improved poise, coordination, balance, and breathing
Better posture at the computer and in every day activities
Heightened mind and body awareness
Enhanced presentation skills and performance
Support through and after childbirth
Increased ability to deal with stress
Relief of pain & tension from over-used, shortened muscles / Strengthening of under-used muscles
grace under pressure