The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.

The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body.

The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities.

The Alexander Technique takes its name from Matthias Alexander, a Shakespearian stage actor from Australia. At mid-career in the late 19th century he began losing his voice. Various doctors and consultants were unable to help him So Alexander set to work on himself. He noticed, while watching himself in mirrors, that in certain postures his voice faded.

Some stances caused him to silence his larynx. When he developed new postures his voice came back. He then analyzed other people and developed a system of sitting, standing and moving that involves smooth, efficient muscle use.

Many of the people who sought assistance from Alexander were performers. Proficiency on a musical instrument or on a stage often forces the body into challenging positions that cause long-term pain.

Practitioners of the Alexander Technique, aim at correcting posture and maximizing physical function. They help people reverse years of misuse, which may be compressing the spine or squeezing organs, causing dysfunction and pain.

  • free your neck, so that it isn't pulling your head down or backwards
  • loosen your belly for better breathing
  • enable you to stand with feet far enough apart to distribute weight equally between them -- knees at ease.

    Back pain is one of the most common maladies of modern life. Good posture won't cure everything. But it can prompt improvements that ripple through the body. You're there when your back is long, your body is ready for movement and that achy, cramped feeling has disappeared.