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What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is an educational method that penetrates to the heart of our everyday movement. It shows you how to undo habitual patterns of tension that interfere with your body’s inherent design. It is a powerful tool that can be used in anything you do, whether you are sitting at your desk, walking down the street, practicing yoga or playing golf. Most people begin their lives moving with ease and grace. Yet as we get older, we tend to override our inherent freedom of movement with physical habits that confine and compress our bodies. Negative influences such as stress, poor role models, and difficult school and work environments also contribute to habits of tension and misalignment in the body. These harmful habits may result in common problems such as neck or back pain, muscle tension, or unnecessary stress in the body. The Alexander Technique addresses the cause of these problems by teaching you to become aware of your harmful habits, thus opening the way for you to make more conscious and intelligent choices in the way you use your body. The Alexander Technique is not a treatment or a series of assigned exercises, but rather an education with a foundation of principles that is used to bring more awareness to everyday activities.Lessons are taught on a one-on-one basis and are typically 50 to 55 minutes in length. An Alexander Technique lesson consists of learning a new way of approaching daily activities that allows for more efficiency and freedom in all movements. The teacher will help you to recognize what in your movement style contributes to your recurring difficulties, whether it is back or neck pain, restricted breathing, muscle fatigue or overall physical/ psychological stress. By analyzing the whole movement pattern, not just the symptoms, the teacher brings your awareness to your harmful physical habits and guides you towards a more integrated way of moving.


How do I learn the Alexander Technique?

Individuals learn the Technique from a highly trained professional in a series of one-on-one sessions or in group lessons. Some teachers offer group classes, but the Technique is most commonly offered privately. The teacher gives you expert coaching tailored to your specific needs.


What happens in an Alexander Technique lesson?

Lessons are taught on a one-on-one basis and are typically 45 to 60 minutes in length. An Alexander Technique lesson consists of learning a new way of approaching daily activities that allows for more efficiency and freedom in all movements. The teacher will help the student to see what in their movement style contributes to their recurring difficulties, whether it is back or neck pain, restricted breathing, muscle fatigue or overall physical/ psychological stress. By analyzing the whole movement pattern, not just the symptoms, the teacher brings the student’s awareness to their harmful physical habits and guides them towards a more integrated way of moving.

During a lesson, the focus will be on simple movements such as sitting, standing, and walking since they are familiar and habitual and can tell us a great deal about our overall movement patterns. During the lesson, the teacher will use highly skilled, hands-on guidance and verbal feedback to assist the student in the learning process. In addition, students are encouraged to bring anything with them to the lesson that they use often to receive guidance and as to how they can increase their effectiveness in its use. Musicians, for example, can bring in their instruments to work on their use and coordination while they are actually playing.


 

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