What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander technique is a method for learning to become aware of your body’s structure and reducing unnecessary muscle tension in your regular activities. Through verbal cues and gentle, non-manipulative hands-on, you will experience a new sense of ease and you will learn skills that you can practice at home, and then apply in all aspects of your life.
Who was F.M. Alexander?
F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was an actor who began his career as a Shakespearean orator and developed chronic laryngitis while performing. Determined to restore the full use of his voice, he carefully observed himself while speaking, and noticed that undue muscular tension accounted for his vocal problem. He sought a way to eliminate that restriction.
Over time, he discovered and articulated a principle that profoundly influences health and well-being: when neck tension is reduced, the head no longer compresses the spine and the spine is free to lengthen.
Alexander restored his own natural capacity for ease by changing the way he thought while initiating an action. From this work on himself and others, he evolved a hands-on teaching method that encourages all the body’s processes to work more efficiently – as an integrated, dynamic whole.
~From the 1996 North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique Directory
“The [Alexander Technique] doesn’t teach you something to do. It teaches you how to bring more practical intelligence into what you are already doing; how to eliminate stereotyped responses; how to deal with habit and change. It leaves you free to choose your own goal but gives you a better use of yourself while you work toward it.”
For more information about the Alexander Technique check out:
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique at http://www.alexandertechnique.com