What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is an educational method used worldwide for over 100 years. It’s primarily concerned with increasing the sensitivity of the sensory mechanisms by eliminating interference within the nervous system, often caused by faulty movement & muscular holding patterns. Equally important is the Alexander Technique’s study of the automatic reactions (habits) to the various stimuli of life. In effect it enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress.
Why do people study the Alexander Technique?
People study the Technique for a variety of reasons. The most common is to relieve pain through learning better coordination of the musculoskeletal system.
The Alexander Technique is also commonly used to enhance performance. Athletes, singers, dancers, and musicians use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production, speed, and accuracy of movement.
Additionally, people study the Technique to achieve greater conscious control of their reactions.
What does a typical lesson consist of?
Most of us have many habitual patterns of tension, learned both consciously and unconsciously. These patterns can be unlearned, enabling the possibility of new choices in posture, movement and reaction. During lessons you’ll develop awareness of habits that interfere with your natural coordination. You’ll learn how to undo these patterns and develop the ability to consciously redirect your whole self into an optimal state of being and functioning.
Activities in the lessons usually begin with relatively simple (and very habitual) tasks such as sitting down and standing up from a chair, walking, & climbing stairs. From there you can take the skills learned in easier tasks and apply them to more complicated activities such as playing the violin, or horseback riding. Workers with repetitive stress injury and/or carpel tunnel syndrome often experience great relief when applying the Alexander Technique to their work.
Is there scientific proof of the Alexander Technique’s effectiveness?
Yes. Visit the Research page to see various studies and endorsements from the medical and academic communities.