The Alexander Technique is a manual education technique used to change movement and posture habits in our everyday activities; named after its creator Frederick Matthias Alexander, It’s a reeducation of the mind and body, giving you more energy in all your physical activities. It can be used to improve ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.
Alexander began developing this technique in the 1890s in an attempt to address his voice loss during public speaking. Because of this, the Alexander Technique is used and taught by classically trained vocal coaches and musicians. It allows for a balanced use of all aspects of the vocal tract by consciously increasing air-flow, and improving vocal skill and tone.
It is used for a variety of issues and health conditions:
- stage fright
- lack of confidence
- back and neck pain
- Parkinson’s disease
The Alexander Technique is most commonly taught in a series of 10 to 40 private lessons which may last up to an hour. Instructors observe their students, then show them how to move with better poise and less strain. Sessions include chair work – often in front of a mirror. The instructor and the student will stand, sit and lie down, moving efficiently while maintaining a comfortable relationship between the head, neck and spine, and physical manipulation.
Actions such as sitting, squatting, lunging or walking are selected by the teacher. Additional actions may be selected by the student that is tailored to their interests or work activities; hobbies, computer use, lifting, driving, artistic performance, sports, speech or horseback riding.