What is the Alexander Technique?
Ask most people and they might say something like “Isn’t it that posture thing?” but it isn't strictly speaking about ‘posture’ (which implies holding or ‘fixing’ oneself, a static concept). Neither is it a therapy, nor a series of exercises.
It’s the name given to the discovery and work of FM Alexander (1869-1955). He called it “a technique for the development of the control of human reaction.” Though it can be described as a mental discipline, Alexander always insisted that mind and body are one. We're made to move, not lock ourselves up in assorted positions, and Alexander put the highest value on flexibility, or ease of motion.
What is the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM)?
The ITM was developed by Don Weed D.C., who worked for many years with Marjorie Barstow. Marjorie was the first teacher ever to receive a teaching certificate from FM Alexander himself.
One of Dr. Weed’s books is called ‘What You Think Is What You Get’, which kind of says it all. The way you think determines the way you move. In fact, the ITM teaching definition of the Alexander Technique is that it is 'the study of thinking in relation to movement'.
With the Interactive Teaching Method you learn both from experience with a teacher, who uses hands as well as discussion to interact with your thinking, and also from studying Alexander’s work for yourself. ITM teachers can help you enormously, but you are ultimately responsible for your own journey. The more you take this on board, the greater the rewards are and the better you get - no matter how old you may be!
The process may not always look like much 'from the outside', but it can lead to extraordinary changes in mind and body. People who practice the Technique often report that they have more energy, greater ease and pleasure in movement, a sense of wellbeing and happiness, and the ability to keep expanding their potential.
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