About the Alexander Technique
What it is, how it works and how you can benefit from it
Most people think it's "that posture thing” but it isn't strictly speaking about ‘posture’ (which implies holding or ‘fixing’ oneself, static and unmoving). Neither is it a therapy, nor a series of exercises.
It’s the name given to the discovery work of F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), who called it “a technique for the development of the control of human reaction.” It's a fascinating mental skill-set you can learn, to help you move more easily and lightly and improve your life. We are made to move, rather than jam ourselves up in assorted positions and postures, and Alexander put the highest value on flexibility of mind and of movement.
What is it?
Frederick Matthias Alexander,
founder of the Alexander Technique
What is the Interactive Teaching Method?
The 'ITM' was developed by Don Weed D.C., who worked for many years with Marjorie Barstow, who was trained by 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 absolutely determines the way you move. An ITM teacher provides experiential lessons, using hands as well as discussion to 'interact with your thinking', compelling you reason things out for yourself. You are also encouraged to study Alexander’s concepts and principles for yourself. Teach a man to fish, as they say...
So, while a teacher can help you immensely, learning this work means you can ultimately take control and responsibility for your own journey. And you can improve no matter how old you are. Please believe me, when life appears to promise nothing but deterioration, this is seriously good news. For some time now, neuroscience has been confirming what Alexander wrote 100 years ago. There is no age limit for improvement, given the right 'tools'. I'm not promising any kind of cure for arthritis - I wish! AT sadly can't do that; but it can be immensely helpful with managing your condition - even ameliorating some of the difficulties - and help you to live your best possible life.
What are the benefits of the Alexander Technique?
The process may not always look like much 'from the outside', but it often leads to extraordinary changes in mind and body. People who learn this work often report increases in lightness, energy, ease and pleasure in movement, greater calm and control over their responses, improved reasoning skills and a sense of increased wellbeing.
I offer group classes, one-to-one lessons and workshops.
What does it help with?
Performance in work & play
Health & wellbeing
Greater sense of control
Improved reasoning skills
Reduction of unwanted tension
Increased flexibility (mental & physical)
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“This seems more like ‘how to be a person’!”
Helen, Dance Teacher