The Alexander Technique is a gentle, hands-on process to realign the skeleto-muscular system.
When the body is functioning as it should, it is felt as an integrated force allowing freedom of movement. Misuse of the body results in awkwardness, fatigue, muscle tension, and lack of muscle tone. To learn more about Alexander, visit The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique.
The Alexander Technique is the process through which you may become more aware of your body and re-pattern detrimental movement habits into health enhancing ones. Through study and practice you develop self-observation tools that facilitate and sustain change. Using the technique you can also work on specific problem areas of pain and restricted movement, i.e. lower back, neck and shoulders, joints, etc.
The Alexander Technique is founded on a unique and fundamental insight concerning the integration and functioning of the human body. F.M. Alexander, experimenting with himself first, and the others, observed that the mechanism that determines the “character” of all bodily activity lies in the relationship of the head and neck to the rest of the body. He called this “primary control.”
When the primary control is functioning as it should, it is felt as an integrating force allowing freedom of movement throughout the body. Misuse of the body results in awkwardness, fatigue, muscle tension, and lack of muscle tone.
The Alexander Technique is the process through which a person may become a more conscious participant in his or her own bodily functioning through regaining and understanding the use of primary control. Once the student becomes familiar with the technique, self-observation takes place in daily activity and one is able to change habitual ways of moving into easeful, pleasurable movement. It is a continual process, which takes willingness, responsibility, and patience on the part of the student.
The technique takes its name from F. Matthias Alexander, who first formulated its principles between 1890 and 1900. Alexander developed the Technique as a personal tool to alleviate pain and hoarseness that affected his ability to pursue a career as a Shakespearean actor. Alexander taught his technique for 30 years before creating a school to inform other teachers of the technique. All current Alexander Technique teachers have participated in the 3-year, 1600-hour training, all with a pedagogical ancestry traced to Alexander himself.