What is The Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is a method of mental and physical re-education by which people learn better use of themselves in all activities. This may include: office work, house work, driving, gardening, sporting activities, playing a musical instrument, horse riding, golf, yoga, running. The list is endless.

In young children we frequently see an alertness and poise that allows them to sit, stand and move gracefully without strain. Yet rarely does this poise continue into adult life. Most of us have developed habits (or mis-use) and muscular tension which may be experienced as fatigue, headache, painful joints, reduction in mobility, anxiety or a sense of being “out of touch” with our body. Since the body and mind are part of one system, lack of physical poise can effect our state of mind and our ability to cope with life.

The Technique teaches the pupil to learn to find a better state of balance both mental and physical. Attitude and movement become more poised, graceful and co-ordinated as the pupil learns to release excess muscle tension and consciously refrain from habitual patterns of interference thus allowing a better functioning to take place.

People learning the Technique come from all walks of life and may be motivated to take a series of lessons because of a particular problem or simply to improve their co-ordination and well being.

The Alexander Technique has proved beneficial for:

  • Back pain
  • Neck/Shoulder tension or pain
  • Stress related disorders
  • Vocal problems
  • Recovery from accidents
  • Posture related disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • General fatigue
  • Repetitive strain conditions
  • Posture in pregnancy