Alexander technique was discovered and developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander (20 January 1869 – 10 October 1955, born in Australia). He was a shakespeare actor and moved to London to teach and further to develop this technique of process applied to recognize and overcome reactive, habitual limitations in movement and thinking.
Alexander Technique boosts your awareness – how you are. It allows you to move in a lively way with ease and grace as well as let you realise your true ability. Our body has directions – our heads tend to go forward and up (away from your back), back to lengthen and widen, knees are forward and away from your hip joint and heels go down(supporting us from the ground). They are natural impulses which all animals have in their body and this is the mechanism which works against gravity. This mechanism is meant to support us to be upright without any sense of effort so that we can move easily without stiffening and having pain in our body. But over time many people develop harmful habits which interfere with these natural processes and which can be the root-cause of problems which manifest as, for instance, back-ache, stiffness, tension or stress.
Alexander Technique helps you to realise how much tension you have, how to release it and how to reorganise yourself in order to use yourself in the way you want. In the course of lessons, people gradually refine and utilize the relationship between head and neck which affects all our functions. You get stronger, you become both more relaxed and more alert, and aches and pain fade. You become more confident, have more stamina and think more clearly.
Testimonials for the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique can be sustaining; it is something that if leaned well, can be carried along with you for the rest of your life. It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience.
Patrick Maddams, managing director, Royal Academy of Music
Of all the disciplines that form the actor training program, none is more vital, enriching and transformative than the Alexander Technique.
Harold Stone, Associate Director, Theatre Department, The Juilliard School, New York USA
I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn’t have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.
Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing masters gold medallist
It gives us all the things we have been looking for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment, and consequent improvement in physical and mental health, increased consciousness of the physical means employed to gain the ends proposed by the will and, along with this, a general heightening of consciousness on all levels… We cannot ask more from any system of physical education; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.
Aldous Huxley, writer
97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique – it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.
Jack Stern, spinal neurosurgeon