What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique

alexander technique in actionThe Alexander Technique was developed, more than a century ago by F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), an Australian actor who had lost his voice. It was his observation of the misuse of the body as an underlying cause of maladaptive functioning. From these observations, he created an approach to solving his own physical problem by focusing on correcting the misuse of the interrelationship and neuromuscular activity of the head, neck and spine through postural alignment.

The Alexander Technique is a method where the body learns to change postural and movement dysfunction, improving the patient’s effectiveness in all areas of life. Through this learning, the body learns to eliminate poor posture and misuse of the body’s structure. In a series of one-on-one lessons with an Alexander teacher, a student of the technique develops the skills to execute any action with minimized strain and maximized balance, resulting in more mobility, less muscular tension, and decreased pain.

Alexander Technique has been found to significantly: –

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve overall functional strength and mobility
  • Enhance breathing coordination
  • Modify stress responses

 

Benefits

The Technique is known to be beneficial for treating a wide variety of neurological and musculoskeletal problems. It provides a framework allowing the teacher to observe and improve human movement thereby providing the client with the method to gain proficiency in basic movement skills. It also tackles poor posture by changing bad habits of muscular response, doing this by providing a unique approach to neuromuscular re-education. The result is less muscular tension in the neck, back and shoulders giving a more upright posture.

The Alexander Technique empowers you to enhance the body’s own healing system, where, without the use of drugs with any associated side effects surgery, helps you find long-term relief. As you activate this process, it is within your power to perpetuate its beneficial effects.