About the ITM Alexander Technique
Discover what it is, how it works and how to benefit from it
Ask most people this question 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, static and unmoving). Neither is it a therapy, nor a series of exercises.
It’s the name given to the discovery and work of F.M. Alexander (1869-1955). He called it “a technique for the development of the control of human reaction.” It's a fascinating mental discipline that helps you move easily and lightly, and get the best from yourself. We're made to move, not lock ourselves up in assorted positions, and Alexander put the highest value on flexibility and ease of movement.
Frederick Matthias Alexander,
founder of the Alexander Technique
What is the Alexander Technique?
Founder of the ITM
What is the Interactive Teaching Method?
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 absolutely determines the way you move. With the Interactive Teaching Method you can learn a new way of thinking, both from experience with one or more teachers (who use hands as well as discussion to interact with your thinking) and also from studying Alexander’s work for yourself.
An ITM teacher can help you immeasurably, but you are ultimately responsible for your own journey. The more you take this on board, the greater the rewards you will reap; chief of which is continual improvement, no matter how old you are. Please take it from me, when life appears to promise only deterioration, this is seriously good news. Neuroscience is now confirming Alexander's principles. There is no age at which you can't still improve, given the 'tools' to do so.
What are the benefits of the ITM Alexander Technique?
The process may not always look like much 'from the outside', but it can and often does lead to extraordinary changes in mind and body. People who incorporate Alexander's principles into their lives often report more energy, ease and pleasure in movement; greater control over their circumstances; a sense of wellbeing and happiness; and the ability to fulfil their potential.
I offer group classes, one-to-one lessons and workshops. I also highly recommend ITM Summer Workshops, which offer intensive and varied experience with multiple teachers and really super-boost a student's progress.
What does it help with?
Performance in work and out
Health and wellbeing
Sense of control
Improved reasoning skills
Reduction of unwanted tension
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Alexander Technique can dramatically impact your life for the better. Until you experience this work first hand, it is hard to believe the benefit it can have on your life
Mary Shorten, ITM Alexander Technique teacher