A Shift In Well-being & Performance

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique teaches how to use our bodies more mindfully and efficiently, more in keeping with our design, with less tension, greater ease, and freedom of movement.

How Does the Alexander Technique Work?

Ever wondered how come young children move with such a remarkable sense of unconstrained natural agility and effortless fluidity, and why that ability seems to diminishes as we become adults? 

Due in part to their still-developing musculoskeletal systems and the absence of inhibitions, children’s curiosity-driven exploration of the world around them keeps them moving, aware, alert, and active.

As we grow from childhood into adulthood, that wonderful experience of freedom and ease of movement can change, possibly due to a combination of physical, psychological, and societal factors.

Most typically, we tighten in response to those factors, and over time, without realising it, this tightening becomes our new ‘norm’, the new way we move and act, the new way we think, about ourselves, and about the world.

These habitual ways of functioning, of continually tightening ourselves, over time can become problematic, causing discomfort or pain, even leading to injury or illness, interfering with our health and wellbeing, and compromising our ability to perform at our very best.

Habits

The 'side-effects' of our fast-paced, modern lifestyle.

As life becomes faster and more stressful, our progress and modern lifestyle brings new challenges along with it. 

We slouch, shorten, collapse, compress, and tighten, compromising our ability to function with optimal efficiency.

Quite often, we are oblivious to what we’re actually doing, and how we’re doing it. Or, sometimes, we might be aware of these unhelpful habits, but changing these patterns of misuse that have become ingrained over time can be challenging.

The Alexander Technique offers a simple way to do that.

You can't do something you don't know if you keep on doing what you do know.

General Health & Wellbeing

From scientific tests and evidence-based results, there is substantial support to indicate that the Alexander Technique can aid in managing chronic pain, back and neck pain, stress and anxiety, and conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.

Students of the technique also report benefits with:

  • occupational overuse injuries
  • stress and tension-related issues
  • sleep problems
  • breathing and voice problems
  • posture issues
  • recovery from injury
  • hypermobility-related issues

Performance

The Alexander Technique enhances performance by improving posture, coordination, and overall body mechanics. Through this approach, individuals learn to release excess tension and align their body in a more balanced and natural way. By doing so, they can achieve greater ease of movement, fluidity, and control, which are essential for peak performance in various activities such as sports, music, dance, and public speaking.

Additionally, as said above, the Alexander Technique teaches individuals to become more aware of their habits and reactions, both physical and mental, allowing them to make conscious choices about how they move and respond in different situations. This heightened self-awareness enables performers to recognise and address patterns of tension or inefficiency that may be hindering their performance, leading to improved technique and consistency.

Furthermore, the Alexander Technique emphasises the integration of mind and body, promoting a sense of calmness, focus, and presence during performance. By learning to quiet the mind and stay centred in the present moment, performers can better manage performance anxiety, stage fright, and distractions, allowing them to fully engage with their craft and deliver their best performance.

How Can I Learn The Alexander Technique

PRIVATE LESSONS

The technique can be learned in one-on-one lessons with a certified Alexander Teacher.

In each lesson, the teacher will help you discover your own habitual, automatic ways of executing these activities, and learn how to stop, or inhibit, these habits.

You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of functional anatomy which provides insights into the interplay between the structure and function of the human body.

And most wonderfully, you will begin to discover a new level of freedom and vitality in everything you do.

WORKSHOPS

Group classes and workshops are a fun and fabulous way to learn the Alexander Technique. In these settings, while still enjoying personal attention, there’s the added benefit of observing others as they learn, which can contribute to your own learning journey.

Additionally, group settings often provide a supportive environment where participants can share experiences and insights, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

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