What's 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 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 fascinating set of reasoning skills that help you you move more easily and lightly, improving your performance and your life. We are made to move, rather than to jam ourselves up in assorted positions and postures, and Alexander put the highest value on flexibility of mind and body. It's very 'thinky'; so if you're a curious soul, it's 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, which kind of says it all. The way you think absolutely determines the way you move. An ITM teacher offers experiential lessons, using hands as well as discussion to 'interact with your thinking' and encourages you to figure things out yourself. You're also invited 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 gives you 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, that there need be no age limit for improvement, given the right 'tools'. I'm not promising a cure for arthritis - I wish! AT can't do that; but it can be immensely helpful with managing and ameliorating chronic conditions, helping 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, more ease and pleasure in movement, greater calm and control over their responses, improved reasoning skills and a general sense of improved wellbeing.
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What does Alexander Technique help with?
Performance of all activities, in work and out
Less unnecessary tension
Improved reasoning skills
Increased flexibility (mental and physical)
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