An Alexander Technique teacher helps you to identify and lose the harmful habits you have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move, breath and think more freely.

The Alexander Technique is for you if you are ready to feel more comfortable, at ease and to develop your skills in a mindful way.

The Alexander Technique can help you if:

  • You suffer from repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other injuries.

  • You have a backache or stiff neck and shoulders.

  • You become uncomfortable when sitting at your computer for long periods of time.

  • You are a singer, musician, actor, dancer or athlete and feel you are not performing at your full potential.

  • you are pregnant and feel discomfort in the pelvic area or lower back.

  • All activities can be facilitated by an Alexander Technique teacher: horseback riding, running, swimming, writing, speaking are the most common examples.

     

The Technique originated as long ago as 1894 from the experiences gained by F. Matthias Alexander concerning his use of voice, as an actor and performer of dramatic recitations. He had no scientific training in anatomy and physiology, but observation and experiment led him to acquire knowledge so that he was able to overcome the problems of speech and respiration that had beset him. When certain eminent scientists subsequently experienced his work for themselves, they asserted that it satisfied all the criteria of scientific method.

He established empirically that in posture and movement his neck must not be stiffened, but that his head should be allowed to adopt a certain preferred attitude in relation to his neck and body (described by him as “head-forward-and-up”) and that this was consistent with a free, alert attitude or state of poise.

Recent scientific research concerning head orientation and posture in vertebrates indicates that there is a preferred head orientation which animals maintain through a variety of behaviours. It is associated with an alert posture and an extensive acrobatic capability. In living vertebrates it involves maintaining the semi-circular canals, or the lateral semicircular canal, (a part of the organ of balance or the vestibular apparatus), in an attitude approximately level with the horizon.

Walter Carrington, 2004