The Alexander Technique, named after its creator Frederick Matthias Alexander, is an educational process that was created to retrain habitual patterns of movement and posture. Alexander believed that poor habits in posture and movement damaged spatial self-awareness as well as health.He saw that movement efficiency could support overall physical well-being and viewed the technique as a mental training technique as well.
The Alexander technique teaches improved posture and movement, which is believed to help reduce and prevent problems caused by unhelpful habits.
What are the benefits Alexander Therapy?
Whatever your age, ability or state of health, the Technique can help you get stronger and have more stamina, become more relaxed, think more clearly, and recover from injury more quickly.
The Alexander Technique can enhance personal performance across the whole spectrum of human activity. It is possible for practically anyone to rediscover freedom and ease in movement. You feel younger, lighter, taller, calmer, and more confident.
It is an investment you make in yourself; its real value lies in learning to apply it in your daily activities, for life.
The Alexander Technique helps people to naturally overcome back, neck and joint pain, muscle tension and stiffness, poor posture. It helps with breathing and vocal problems and anxiety and stress-related conditions
What does a typical Alexander Therapy session look like?
Typically, sessions will be in a one-to-one format, however, group sessions may also be an option. During the first session, the teacher will take some time to ask you questions about your general health, your medical history, and your lifestyle.
One of the essential elements of the Alexander technique is the teachers’ understanding of your movement and posture. They might ask you to perform everyday movements such as walking, sitting down, or standing up. During this, they may keep their hands in contact with your body. This is so the teacher can fully understand your movements and where the tensions may lie. At the same time, their hands will also be guiding your body to release restrictive muscular tension, and the harmful habits responsible for it.
Sessions may also include some table work, as it allows the student to experience the principles in action, without having to also maintain their balance. Students can learn the principles first, then combine principles with their own balance later.
How do I find a specialist that suits me?
Once you have identified your needs and have decided on Alexander Therapy, you can start to build up a list of potential practitioners, call them, visit their practice, interview them.
Practitioners are looking to build a loyal clientele; they should be willing to talk with you prior to scheduling an appointment. Above all, you need to be comfortable with your decision, do not hesitate to try different practitioners until you are satisfied.