What is the Alexander
Technique is a tool for
looking at habit, change, and how we “use”
way you “use”
yourself is the way you react to any situation in life.
Sometimes you react with intelligence and efficiency; we call
this using yourself well. Sometimes you react poorly, with
mal-coordination and clouded thinking; we call this misusing yourself.
The Alexander Technique helps you have more choice over how you react.
If we misuse ourselves – if we constantly interfere
poise – it will undermine how well we function and lower our
quality of living. The Alexander Technique shows us how to free
ourselves from these subconscious habits that disturb our balance,
upset our composure and throw off our coordination. It helps people of
all ages and all walks of life use themselves better.
solved from the same
consciousness that created it."
While books on the
Alexander Technique can be informative,
they are a
poor subsitute for lessons with a certified teacher, who has spent
years developing the requisite skills. The Alexander Technique is not
about learning to do something new, but rather learning how to stop
habits you may not even know you have. The very nature of this makes
learning the Technique without the aid of a teacher very difficult.
this bodywork or
The Alexander Technique
is education, not bodywork,
treatment, or therapy, though the outcome is often therapeutic. Unlike
approaches that seek to effect change through altering the structure (muscles, connective tissue, joints), the Alexander
Technique helps you learn to stop perpetuating habits of
mal-coordination that interefere with your natural functioning.