HOW WE FEEL IS REVEALED BY HOW WE MOVE
We are designed for movement.
Inherent in our design is an incredible capacity for ease, flexibility, power, and expressiveness, whether we are dancing, hammering a nail, working at a computer, singing, or simply walking. All too often we unknowingly interfere with this design as we perform our daily activities. Energy, delight, and grace are replaced by effort, tension, and fatigue.
WHAT IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
Frederick Matthias Alexander (January 20, 1869 – October 10, 1955) was an Australian actor who developed the educational process that is today called the Alexander Technique – a form of education that is applied to recognize and overcome reactive, habitual limitations in movement and thinking.
The Alexander Technique offers a clear, systematic look into the underlying principles that govern human movement. When applied, these principles guide us to a dynamic experience of kinesthetic lightness, wherein thinking becomes clearer, feelings balanced, sensations livelier, and movement more pleasurable. Within this integrated, more conscious condition, we find our actions strengthened and refined, our sense of time expanded, and our rapport with the environment restored.
. . . The demands of modern life have fostered a virtual epidemic of neck, back, and other problems related to misaligned posture and improperly tensed muscles. Basically, the Alexander Technique helps people with chronic pain and tension shed long-established habits and relearn how to use their bodies with ease and grace.
Jane Brody, New York Times
WHO STUDIES THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
- Anyone who has physical or emotional discomfort due to stress, postural habits, movement problems, old injuries, or poor self-esteem.
- Performing artists.
- Athletes and martial artists.
- Voice and movement educators.
- Psychologists and physical therapists.
- Public speakers and business professionals.
- Horse riders of all levels and forms.
- New Students: Build a practical foundation in the Alexander Technique.
- Experienced Students: Deepen your Alexander studies and understanding of this psycho-physical work.
- Alexander Teacher Trainees: Complement your training with an international mix of qualified teacher trainers.
- Alexander Teachers: Enjoy advanced training in Master Classes taught by senior teachers.
WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU
- Reduce tension and stress in everyday activities (walking, cooking, sitting at a computer, driving a car).
- Deepen awareness in specialized activities (yoga, pilates, martial arts).
- Enhance presentation skills by overcoming fear and stage fright.
- Improve skills in sports (golf, tennis, running, swimming) and performing arts (acting, dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument).
- Learn to relieve chronic pain from lower back syndrome, neck and shoulder tension, runner’s knee, tennis elbow.
- Prevent future injuries.
- Improve posture, coordination, and self-awareness.
- Increase energy and mental clarity.
The Alexander Technique is not a method of accumulating information nor the art of learning something new. It is, instead, the art of unlearning, which is much more subtle and, sometimes, a more difficult endeavor – unlearning that which is habitual, instead of natural; letting go of old patterns and of those repetitious opinions arrived at in times and circumstances totally different from those of the present.
Laura Huxley Author, Educator, Humanitarian