About the Alexander Technique

Correcting bad posture

When the natural mechanisms for balance are disturbed by habitual misuse or injury, the standard of our physical and mental functioning can be adversely affected. By adopting the priciples of the Alexander Technique, we can significantly restore the appropriate muscle activity for good poise and posture.

The Alexander teacher uses gentle guidance with the hands to help unravel the distortions and encourage the natural reflexes to work again. In this way a balance can be found between the necessary degree of muscle tone (tension) required to support the body against the downward pull of gravity, and the necessary degree of relaxation to allow unrestricted movement, breathing, circulation and digestion.

Along with the manual guidance, the Alexander teacher also uses verbal instruction to help the students to become conscious of their own patterns of interference and teaches them to project simple messages from the brain to the body that will help the natural mechanisms of poise to function more freely.

More complete information about the Alexander Technique is given on the STAT Web Site: www.stat.org.uk

BMJ

A recent Southampton University Study, published in the British Medical Journal, showed clearly that the Alexander Technique can alleviate chronic lower-back pain.

We were two of the Alexander Teachers participating in this scientific study, working with patients selected by local General Practioners.

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For medical conditions

The Alexander Technique addresses the fundamental causes of many medical conditions such as backpain, neck and shoulder tension, breathing disorders, stress-related illnesses and general fatigue where misuse and loss of poise are contributory factors.

It can also enhance rehabilitation after operations, injury or illness.

In our experience, the Alexander Technique often alleviates and helps the following conditions:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)
  • Clumsiness (Dyspraxia), especially in children
  • Parkinson's Syndrome
  • Blood pressure problems

For artists and athletes

Performing artists and athletes of all standards around the world apply the Alexander Technique to their practice. It is taught at many performing arts schools and music colleges.

Performers can improve stamina, increase clarity of perception, free up spontaneity and manage stage fright. Athletes can improve flexibility, timing and efficiency, to be on form more consistently.