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, and respond to life more effectively.  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.

Frances Butt Alexander Technique - The Benefits

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, helping you figure things out for yourself rather than telling you what's what.  You're also welcome to study Alexander’s concepts and principles for yourself.  

 

A teacher is there to help you learn, 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?

  • Performing any physical activity

  • Reducing or eliminating unnecessary tension

  • More calm

  • Improving reasoning skills

  • Mental and physical flexibility

  • General health
     

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“This seems more like ‘how to be a person’!” 

Helen - Dance Teacher