Poise, Posture, Presence

The Work

The Alexander Technique

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

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.

Founder F.M. Alexander working with a student.

Founder F.M. Alexander working with a student.

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. 

We sit multiple times a day and often sit for long hours.  How you are sitting?

We sit multiple times a day and often sit for long hours. How you are sitting?

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 

Here's what some well-known people have to say

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 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 bears the same relation to education that education itself bears to all other activities.
— Professor John Dewey, Philosopher