THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
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"After having Alexander Technique lessons for chronic back trouble, not only did the pain disappear, my general health improved so much that I felt inspired to become a teacher of The Alexander Technique. I gave up a successful career in publishing and completed the approved three-year training course.”
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About the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique gets to the very heart of what is preventing us from finding our natural state of balance and moving well, and can have a powerful effect on all aspects of daily activities.
Our body is always trying to find its equilibrium - this requires no real effort on our part, simply letting go and releasing.
You can rediscover better body use as you learn to ‘undo’ some of the habits and tension patterns you have acquired, allowing the body to automatically return to balance.
About the origins
Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor who began to experience chronic laryngitis whenever he performed.
When his doctors could not help him, Alexander discovered a solution on his own. He had not been aware that excess tension in his neck and body were causing his problems, and he began to find new ways to speak and move with greater ease.
His health improved to such an extent that his friends and several doctors persuaded him to teach others what he had learnt.
During a career spanning more than fifty years, he refined his method of instruction. After teaching for over 35 years, he began to train teachers of what has now become known as the Alexander Technique.
“I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes for 40 years and found that my body was increasingly stiff and less flexible. The Alexander Technique has helped me become more flexible again, enabled me to do quite basic things such as sitting and standing with ease, and helped to increase and maintain my mobility. All this has contributed to an overall feeling of wellbeing that I thought I had lost for good.”
Pilot study showed significant improvement in balance skills in elderly people who had received Alexander Technique instruction.
Frederick Matthias Alexander