What is the Alexander Technique?

You translate everything, whether physical or mental or spiritual, into muscular tension.
— F.M. Alexander

The Alexander Technique is a method through which we gain a clear and practical understanding of the coordination of the mind and body. It is a valuable aid in the improvement of your postural behaviour and the dissolving of those unwanted physical and mental tensions that form obstacles in the general functioning of many people. (Find out about the benefits and who it is for.)

The origins of the Alexander Technique

F.M. Alexander was a successful reciter and actor in Australia in the late 1800s. In attempting to correct a disabling voice problem, he discovered that he was misusing himself in such a way that he was interfering with his body’s natural functioning. After a period of patient observation, he identified certain basic principles of flexibility and coordination. Gradually his voice problem disappeared and he showed a remarkable improvement in his general health. He went on to teach his method to others.

The core of the Alexander Technique

The basis of the technique is Alexander’s discovery that a certain dynamic relationship of the head, neck and torso is the main factor in determining the most efficient use and functioning of the body. As we become more aware of this dynamic balance, we can begin to change habitual patterns of movement that are stressful to us.

Thus the effects of the Alexander Technique are not only to free undue muscle tension and pain, it also has a calming effect which reduces mental stress. It leads you towards a new tension free way of sitting, walking, lifting and using a computer, and also a new way of thinking — a new approach to everything we do.

Watch this informative video about The Alexander Technique. Video written by Bernard Schencker MD and produced by Frederick Lacy.