The Alexander technique is recognized
as one of the most effective ways of changing
habitual patterns of movement, posture
and function. In the first lessons students
become aware of their unconscious habits.
Once these habits are identified we can
begin to create new ways to use our bodies
with freedom and ease. Most importantly
students of the technique learn a unique
process of self-care through which they
can simply and effectively modify their
muscular responses. The result is greater
mobility, comfort and confidence in movement
as well as increased core strength and
the capacity for changing behavior at will.
This system of self-observation brings
us to an essential understanding of our
physical, mental, emotional and energetic
selves, and their fundamental connection.
As students become more and more conscious,
pathways throughout the body open and our
vital life force flows freely. Our vision
as Alexander teachers is that of an artist;
the body is our instrument, and we tune
it to a subtle calibration, drawing on
the infinite knowledge of the subconscious.
This unique education invites self-discovery;
and leads the way to a well-balanced life.
Gentle hands- on guidance, as well as verbal
instructions are given by a highly skilled
teacher to help students gain proficiency
in basic movements such as walking, sitting,
bending, squatting, reaching and carrying.
Students will also be asked to lie on a table
fully clothed, to help integrate lessons.
Lessons are thirty to sixty minutes in length.
Students typically take one to two lessons
per week, over a six to twelve month period.
Improvement in this method relies on the student's
F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was born in
Australia. After becoming a successful actor
throughout England and Australia, he developed
a chronic case of hoarseness and laryngitis
for which doctors were unable to find a physiological
cause. After many years of meticulous observation
and experimentation, Alexander not only restored
his voice, but evolved a method that profoundly
changed peoples' lives and is now taught
throughout the world.