Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is an educational process which teaches improved use of the self and helps the student to identify and change poor and inefficient habits which may be causing stress and fatigue.

A recent British Medical Journal study shows 85% reduction in back pain through lessons in the Alexander Technique. And here's a story on NPR's Morning Edition.

Who is F.M. Alexander? 
F. Matthias Alexander was born in Australia in 1869. He developed his technique in the last decade of the 19th Century and taught it in England and in the United States until his death at the age of 86 in 1955. Among his students were George Bernard Shaw, John Dewey and Aldous Huxley.

What does a lesson consist of? 
The Alexander teacher analyzes the student’s movement patterns in daily life: walking, sitting, bending, reaching, lifting. As the teacher guides with a gentle touch and verbal instruction, the student learns to replace faulty habits with improved coordination by locating and releasing undue muscular tensions.

What can the Alexander Technique accomplish? 
After a course of lessons the student has been shown how to improve his or her own postural habits. This generally results in greater ease and freedom of movement and increased energy. In some cases, the Alexander Technique can help alleviate pain that has been caused by postural stress.

Who studies the Alexander Technique? 
Anyone whose posture, or use of the body in movement, is poor or uncomfortable; people whose occupations can cause bad postural habits such as dentists, carpenters, computer operators, mothers; people who must use their bodies with maximum efficiency and ease such as actors, dancers, musicians, singers, athletes; those with physical problems that have been intensified through faulty body use resulting in pain and fatigue.

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