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The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique

The History of The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique was developed by FM Alexander in the 1890’s as a result of recurrent voice problems that he experienced as an actor.

Alexander noticed that bad postures like slouching cause muscular tension which restricts the body from functioning at its optimum level. He devised a technique of movement and alignment to teach people to use their bodies more efficiently, thereby helping them to move with greater ease.

How does it work?

Proponents of the Alexander Technique believe that the correct relationship between the head, neck, and spine is important for good health and posture. If the position of the head is incorrect in relation to the neck and spine, then muscle tension causes pain. Once the head, neck and spine are brought into alignment, then the rest of the body will follow suite and function with greater ease.

Self confidence improves with an upright and graceful stance and personal growth is facilitated. By learning to avoid habitual responses and physical reactions, the client is freed from unhealthy mental and emotional reactions to various situations.

The benefits of the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique can bring about enhanced body awareness and posture, improved co-ordination, decreased tension, and more efficient movement.

The health benefits of the Alexander Technique include the relief of persistent aches and pains due to injury, muscle tension, poor working habits and stress. It can also help to improve breathing and flow of body movement.

What to expect during a consultation

During a consultation, the practitioner acts as a teacher. The client is taught to align and balance the body correctly. The teacher monitors the student’s posture and advises them on day to day activities like bending, sitting, breathing and talking by combing hands-on work with various verbal instructions. For example, the bad habit of cradling a phone between head and shoulder can be corrected by sitting upright with shoulders straight and holding the phone to one’s ear.

A minimum of twenty lessons may be required to learn the technique thoroughly, but even a few lessons can make a difference. Some people may benefit from ongoing lessons to help them to manage chronic pain.

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