What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is an educational method used worldwide for over 100 years. It is an intelligent way to solve common movement and posture problems that cause chronic pain and stress. It is a way to notice your movement habits, release compression and move with ease and expansion. A proven self- care method, it is a set of skills that you learn to relieve pain, prevent injury and enhance performance.

People study the Technique for a variety of reasons. The most common is to relieve pain through learning better coordination of the musculoskeletal system.

Another reason people take lessons in the Alexander Technique is to enhance performance. Athletes, singers, dancers, and musicians use the Technique to improve stage presence, breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement.

Most of us have habitual patterns of tension, learned both consciously and unconsciously. During lessons, these patterns can be unlearned, enabling the possibility of new choices in posture, movement and reaction. Through direct experience you’ll learn how to go about your daily activities with increasingly greater ease and less effort.

Over a course of lessons, I teach you – through touch and verbal guidance – to carry yourself in a more balanced way. The gradual release of muscular tension restores the body’s innate poise. As you address your entire body — not just segments — you learn to improve your overall functioning.

The Alexander Technique is utilized in a variety of settings as diverse as Julliard Conservatory, Hewlett Packard, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Yale School of Drama, and the Israeli Air Force.

 

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