Use Affects Function
The way we use ourselves is reflected in our bodies. Our physical habits of sitting at a computer, bending our necks into a smartphone or slumping in front of a television will reflect in our posture over time.
The Alexander Technique can help us to become aware of our balance, posture and co-ordination while performing these everyday activities. It can teach us to let go of unnecessary bodily tension and provide relief from pain.
The technique involves the principles of inhibition and direction, and teaches students to avoid the 'misuse' of themselves which Alexander referred to as 'end gaining'. Instead, by following the principles we can use our body without over-tensing or pulling down, and achieve better postural habits.
The Alexander Technique is usually taught to students in one-to-one, hands-on lessons, or in introductory group classes.
"Let the neck be free to let the head go forward and up, to let the back lengthen and widen."
The Alexander Technique was developed by an Australian, Frederick Matthias Alexander, in the late 1890's. F.M. Alexander was a Shakespearean actor who developed voice trouble and was unable to recite and perform on stage. After seeking medical advice with no improvement he noticed that how he was using himself was the cause of the problem.