How does it work?
The Alexander Technique works by helping you to identify and prevent the harmful postural habits we almost invariably develop unconsciously over time, which aggravate, or may be the cause of, stress, pain and under-performance.
Through it you will learn how to release tension and rediscover balance of mind and body. With this increased awareness you will become more able to:
- retain poise without stiffness
- move gracefully and powerfully with less effort
- be alert and focused with less strain
- breathe and speak more easily and freely
- be calm and confident
People generally come to us because they want to improve the way they do something, or minimise a problem in their life. It could be posture, backache, public speaking or general stress and anxiety caused by the pressures of modern life. Equally, it could be for help with something specific, requiring a repeated pattern of movements, like horse riding, golf or other sports, or playing a musical instrument.
In a course of Alexander Technique lessons, the teacher will use simple activities and gentle touch to help pupils become more aware of the habits that are adversely affecting an identified problem, or stopping them from achieving what they want. As their awareness grows they learn to consciously refrain from employing these unhelpful habits, and discover a new level of ease which helps them to achieve their goals.
“It feels great, really fabulous: like I'm ten or fifteen years younger in my body."
TV presenter and journalist