The Alexander Technique is a method that helps you improve the way in which you use your body in any activity. By improving your own self – awareness, you can notice unhelpful postural habits and muscle pulls, which can lead to excessive muscle tension and contribute to pain and stress. I help you undo these chronic holding patterns that keep you out of balance, and help restore an overall sense of balance and integration in yourself.
The technique is a neuromuscular training that helps people manage and improve physical problems such as back and neck pain, or joint and muscle stiffness. Others find it helps relieve stress and anxiety and promotes a general feeling of lightness and wellbeing. Professionals such as actors, musicians and athletes also use the technique to improve peak performance in their chosen careers or hobbies.
I use verbal instruction and gentle hands on guidance, to release neuromuscular interferences, allowing your musculoskeletal system to reorganise itself. In a lesson I will teach you how to apply this skill to your own life. The technique is a self - help tool that offers you long -term change and growth, liberating you from habit and giving you a greater sense of control over your life.
Who was F.M Alexander ?
The Alexander Technique was developed in the 1890s by Frederick Matthias Alexander, born in Tasmania in 1869.
Alexander was an actor who suffered from recurring voice problems when he was reciting. His doctors gave him no medical reason for his hoarseness which kept reoccurring every time he began to recite. He therefore decided that it must be something he was doing to himself that was causing his vocal problems or 'misuse'.
He observed himself in mirrors and noticed that he stiffened his neck, pulled his head back and down and depressed his larynx. It eventually became clear that this was part of a bigger pattern of misuse involving the whole of his body. Eventually he was able to change his habitual response which was causing these harmful conditions. By establishing an optimum relationship of his own head, neck and back he was able to improve his own general functioning and health.
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" I recommend the Alexander Technique as an extremely sophisticated form of rehabilitation… We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument."
Professor N. Tinbergen
Nobel Prize for Medicine
Introduction to the Alexander Technique Video