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Alexander Technique

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Who was Alexander?

The Alexander Technique has been around now for over 100 years. It was ‘discovered’ by an Australian actor, Frederick Matthias Alexander, who suffered from persistent voice and breathing problems on stage, as well as general ill health.  Obtaining very little help from conventional medicine, an absolute determination to find the real root of his problems led him to discover certain fundamental truths about human activity, co-ordination and movement.   Over many years of observation of himself, he began to understand that habitual patterns of misuse involving the whole of his body and mind were the cause of his problems.  Over the years he discovered how to consciously change these patterns of use and developed a Technique which not only eliminated his vocal problems, but also brought about remarkable improvements in his general health.  He began teaching others and came to London in 1904, setting up a teacher training school thereafter.

About the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique teaches the skilful "use of the self": how we move, how we breathe, how we learn, how we organise our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, how we choose our reactions in increasingly demanding situations.

It follows therefore that the Alexander Technique can have a positive effect on a wide range of stresses and ailments, including back, neck or shoulder pain and other muscular/skeletal problems, headaches, RSI, breathing difficulties, sports and performance strain, stress related conditions, anxiety and depression; as well as enhancing performance, improving vitality and general wellbeing.  

Most people agree that it is difficult to really adequately describe in words.  But in essence, the Alexander Technique is a technique that teaches us how to use our body in a more efficient and healthier way.  It is taught individually and anyone can learn it.

Below you can find some more information about the benefits of the Technique for specific issues:

Back pain and other muscular/skeletal problems >>

Mental health issues - stress, anxiety, depression etc >>

Musicians, actors and other performers >>

Confidence and self-reliance >>

And some further resources and organisations on the links page >>

But the only real way to understand the Technique is to experience it for yourself.  

You can find a local teacher on this website.

Some of the reasons why people come to the Alexander Technique :

F M Alexander

1869 - 1955

“Change involves carrying out an activity against the habit of life.”

“...You are not here to do exercises, or to learn to do something right, but to be able to meet a stimulus that always puts you wrong and to learn to deal with it...

F M Alexander

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