What's Alexander Technique?
And how can you benefit?
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 therapy, nor a series of exercises.
It’s named after F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), who called it
“a technique for the development of the control of human reaction.” It's a collection of concepts and reasoning skills that help you you move more easily and lightly, helping you live life on top form. We're made to move, rather than jamming ourselves up in positions and postures, and Mr. Alexander put the highest value on flexibility of mind and body. It's pretty 'thinky'; so if you're a curious soul, it could be just the thing for you.
What is the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM)?
The 'ITM' was developed by Don Weed D.C., one of whose books is called What You Think Is What You Get. That kind of says it all; the way you think absolutely determines the way you move. An ITM teacher interacts with you using hands-on techniques as well as discussion, guiding you rather than telling you what's what, so you have the space to figure stuff out for yourself. You're also welcome to study Alexander’s concepts and principles for yourself.
The teacher is there to help you learn this work, giving you control and responsibility for your own journey. By the way, 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; that there need be no age limit for improvement, given the right 'tools'. I can't promise a cure for arthritis - I wish! AT can't do that; but it's immensely helpful with managing and ameliorating chronic conditions, helping you get the very best possible out of life.
What are the benefits?
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, more ease and pleasure in movement, more calm control over their responses, improved reasoning skills, and a general sense of wellbeing.
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What does the Alexander Technique help with?
Performance of physical activities
Reducing or even eliminating unnecessary tension
Improved reasoning skills
More mental and physical flexibility
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