about the alexander technique s t u d i o e v o l v i n g


How it all Began


The Alexander Technique was devised in the 19th century by Fredrick Matthias
Alexander, an Australian actor when he lost his voice. Unable to get any help from
conventional doctors,he decided to observe how his physical movements affected his
performance.

He discovered that the way he held himself created tension, restricted breathing and
compressed his vocal cords. Alexander reasoned that if the physical tension could be
released by using muscles correctly, and by working with, rather than against, gravity,
then bodily wear and tear could be reduced.

By a process of trial and error he learnt to use his body in new ways, his voice problem
disappeared and to his amazement his general health improved too.









Description

The Alexander Technique is not a therapy but involves the re‑education of our body.
Stress, strain, tension, poor postural awareness, affect the ease of the way we move.
Stress filled lives, plus bad furniture design contribute too many painful problems.

Lack of tension release can interfere with circulation & could eventually lead to backache,
high blood pressure, migraine, asthma, depression, insomnia and many other symptoms.
Alexander identified the neck as the main place we store tension. Tension distorts the
spine’s natural curve, narrowing the ribs, and this unnatural position causes muscles to
contract and shorten.

The Alexander Technique is also concerned with re-educating the mind (to encourage
conscious effort), preventing it giving unhelpful messages to our body. This is a learning
process that requires thoughtful participation to achieve the best result, not just
something you have done to you.

The Alexander Technique cannot be learned from a book. The aim is to help people help
themselves to find ease of tension, greater mobility, more energy and clearer thought so
that using your body becomes a pleasurable as well as a healing experience.




How Does an Alexander Teacher Work

In a lesson, a teacher uses gentle guiding hands as you sit, stand & walk. Helping you
become aware of habits of tension & how they interfere with your movements,
co‑ordination & posture. We also work with you lying supported on a table, our hands
helping your body to find new ways to release & let go of tension. We become so familiar
with our tensions & crookedness, that often when we are put right, we can feel quite wrong.

Alexander Teachers work from the basic premise that the body and mind are inextricably
linked. The physical stress and strains we have been talking about, and the unnatural
postures we adopt, influence our well being. Think how solid the muscles in your neck
and shoulders often feel after a difficult day at work or being stuck in a traffic jam, and
notice how frazzled you feel, mentally, too. It also works the other way round: Mental
pressures affect the bodies systems.

Learning good use of your body is the most effective way of preventing recurrence of
many ailments & maintaining good health. Work with the technique can't necessarily
make an ailment or diseases go away, but will increase your comfort, mobility and well
being. Refer to the case study on how the Alexander Technique helped a person
suffering from Parkinson's Disease.



Through a Series of Alexander Technique Lessons you will Learn About:


•Your particular approach to movement and co-ordination;
•The unhelpful aspects of your usual way of moving that might be causing unnecessary
muscular tension and problems with movement;
•The Alexander Technique principles, which set the foundation for a new approach to
movement, and;
•How to exchange unhelpful habits for constructive conscious awareness in posture and
movement.