About the Alexander Technique
Muscle tension is a natural state – without it, our bodies would collapse. But F. M. Alexander found that the stress of modern life can impair our natural sensory perceptions and cause us to lose the ability to discriminate between what is a constructive amount of tension and what is not. Many of us go about the daily activities of our lives with unnecessary and disproportionate effort and expenditure of energy.
The Alexander Technique provides a way to increase our sensory awareness so we can learn to recognize unwanted patterns of movement and behavior. Once we become aware of our patterns, we can choose whether we wish to continue to reinforce them.
The Alexander Technique can be applied to any and all everyday activities such as walking, running, working at a computer, speaking, singing, thinking, solving a problem, recovering from injury, or pre-diagnosed health conditions, including chronic back pain as well as to skilled activities such as all performing arts and sports. As clients (referred to as students) learn to apply the teaching to their daily lives and specialized activities, they typically report enhanced general levels of awareness, mental and emotional clarity. They report feeling greater poise, balance, neuromuscular integrity, and are more satisfied with who they are in life. Many clients find that they move with more ease, breathe more deeply, sleep better, are more fulfilled in their relationships with others and themselves and in general are able to respond to the demands of their lives with more ease in the absence of pain and discomfort.