What is Alexander Technique?

Alexander Technique is a subtle form of postural re-education that helps us rid ourselves of unconscious habits of downward and inward compression which lead to stiffness, discomfort and pain. It teaches us a different way of being and moving.  When we become aware of the way we use our bodies, we can learn to function  without the tyranny of self-imposed tension.

Posture w boxesWhat we think of as “normal movement” is often a state of chronic contraction and exaggerated effort, leading to feelings of anxiety, exhaustion and pain.  Any effort to “straighten up” and “use good posture” usually ends up causing even more tension.

Alexander students learn a new, coordinated relationship between the head, neck, back and limbs.  The ground is used for the stability and security that allows for balance and a natural upward lift.  The Alexander teacher’s hands give the student the experience of natural lift and the ease that accompanies it.  It results in a more confident, graceful and integrated presence.  The breath deepens, the senses sharpen.  Mind and body experience greater calm.

 

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People of all ages can learn to sit and move freely without pain or tension