What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a hands-on educational technique that improves the use and functioning of oneself.
How do you learn the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is best learned in one on one private lessons with an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher.
What happens in an Alexander Technique lessons?
In an Alexander Technique lesson, the teacher takes the student through a series of movements in order to observe and provide guidance in improving the student’s use and functioning. These movements are usually explored using either a chair or an Alexander Technique table. From here students will learn about concepts such as inhibition, awareness, and direction.
What are the benefits of taking Alexander Technique lessons?
With an improved sense of awareness, students can learn to free themselves from harmful habitual patterns of use that hinder their overall functioning. They can also learn to prevent injuries from incorrect use and often times heal faster when injury has already occurred. Most students often experience a feeling of lightness and ease in their daily activities among many other benefits.
How many lessons do I need?
There is no set amount of lessons one takes to learn the Alexander Technique because it is a skill that you can utilize and improve throughout your life. Additionally, each student is unique in their needs for improved use and in their speed of learning.
How do I know if I need Alexander Technique lessons?
Everyone can benefit from the Alexander Technique based on what they need or want to improve.
How is the Alexander Technique different from other “alternative methods?”
While other methods tell you to do certain actions, the Alexander Techniques teaches you how to undo things that get in the way of those actions, such as harmful habits. Other techniques also usually focus on either exercises or relaxation as a “cure.” The Alexander Technique focuses on educating oneself in regard to awareness, balance, poise, and releasing unnecessary tension that hinders our optimal use.
Who is F.M. Alexander?
F.M. Alexander was an actor who found himself losing his voice during performances. After his doctor’s suggestions failed him, Alexander decided to find what he was doing to make himself lose his voice. Through his observation of his own habits and others, he found common misuses of the body that attributed to poor functioning. He went on with these discoveries and found ways to correct these habitual misuses in the manner of what is now known to be the Alexander Technique.