balance and ease.
A re-education of responses :
The Alexander Technique
“You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual into muscular tension.”
F.M. Alexander, Aphorisms
The Alexander Technique is about movement – moving well with greater ease and less pain. It’s a process of re-education – distinguishing patterns of movement that limit performance and re-discovering a more natural, inherent ease.
One in five Australians lives with chronic pain.*
People dealing with musculoskeletal pain often find their way to an Alexander teacher and get very favourable results in alleviating muscle stiffness and improving postural habits.
While it is not a therapy, nor a fitness training, nor meditation, the Alexander Technique is a skill to be learned and integrated to become the new “normal” way you approach living your life, reducing pain, enhancing your ability to perform, and being your best self.
When mind and body work together as one coordinated, well-toned being that moves with grace and poise as nature intended, our wellbeing naturally improves.
* The Australian Pain Society – 2013 Fact Sheet
Understanding and improving your own use improves performance
Many musicians have found the Alexander Technique invaluable when dealing with tension and pain. The Technique is taught at many schools of music, universities and colleges around the world, including the Royal College of Music in London, the Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
“After an Alexander session it felt like someone had poured a full canister of three-in-one oil into my neck. After two sessions, I felt 20 years of neck tension fade away and I felt my chest naturally expand. I used to wrap myself round my instrument for years and when your head is inside the music, it’s like an anaesthetic, you don’t feel the discomfort but I gradually became aware of how I had been causing myself problems. I feel I have a greater sense of control when I’m playing if I consciously relax and it’s easier overall, particularly if I’m playing something that is technically difficult.”
— Máirtín O’Connor, leading traditional Irish accordion player
People of all ages, across various professions, with diverse interests
For many, applying the Alexander Technique brings excellent results. Here are just a few of the areas in which people have reported improvement:
Back, Neck & Joint Pain
Muscle Tone & Strength
Clarity of Mind
Anxiety & Stress
Confidence & Vitality
Breath & Voice
Education & Learning