The Alexander Technique is an educational process sought after to address stiffness and pain, maximize performance quality, facilitate artistic choice and versatility, and speed recovery after injury. By learning how to change one’s habits and motor reflexes, people are able to begin recovering their own natural movement processes.
People are often unaware of how seemingly unrelated parts of the body affect one another. Local issues that arise in the arms may actually have root causes in the way an individual operates their legs and feet with detrimental and compromising effects above. An Alexander Teacher will teach you how seemingly disparate parts of the bodies are related and provide you with the tools to work with your specific concerns whether it be health, pain, or performance.
Students of the Technique learn to become aware of their unique coordination and habitual reactions. Teachers use their hands for directional imput matched with verbal instructions to elicit the correct postural reflexes innate to the individual. Throughout a series of lessons, the student learns the skills necessary to manage themselves in non-strenuous everyday activities. With time, awareness, and greater mastery, students can seamlessly apply the tools of the technique to demanding situations.
A general sense of lightness, experiencing taller stature, and ease of movement is commonly reported by students. Dedicated study and the growing ability to think within activity enables individuals to discover freedom of movement, better balance, a calmer state of mind, reduced or eliminated pain, and perform at a higher level, all of which contribute to a higher quality of life.
Although people will often describe the technique as therapeutic because it has improved their life, it is best remembered that the technique is educational and not therapy at its core. The benefits that come from taking lesson are a result of changes you make with the teacher during the lesson and then apply in your every day activities.