Mr. F.M. Alexander And His Discovery
The Alexander Technique describes and teaches a very unique holistic process concerned with the individual and the control of unwanted, habitual patterns of movement.
This process was developed by F.M. Alexander (1869-1955). Through many years of self-observation after no doctor could help him solve a problem with his voice, he discovered a deeply ingrained pattern of interference with his general human functioning in daily and specialized activities.
Mr. Alexander dedicated more than 60 years of his life to the understanding of how conscious awareness and poise influence general functioning of the human organism. The resulting learning process was later named the Alexander Technique.
F.M. Alexander discovered that poor habits of use developed over time can come to dominate an activity, and that we are rarely aware of them.
These habits continue long after the initial reasons for developing them have gone and can result in unnecessary muscular efforts and a depletion of our energy with possible long term consequences - back strain, postural and balance problems, neck pain, migraines, high blood pressure etc.
He observed that all civilized people have one major habit in common, although manifested in many different ways: When we get the idea of moving, we tend to tighten our necks, which pulls our heads back and down and leads to spinal compression, affecting the entire body.
The habitual pattern of tightening the neck muscles is such a familiar feeling, that it is usually unnoticed by our sensory awareness. Alexander pointed out that the way we react to the demands of the world originates in subconscious patterns of habitual attitudes and tensions which develop during the course of life and are no longer consciously perceivable.
Oftentimes these habitual patterns are interfering with an integrated function of the whole self, with balance and well-being. When we are no longer able to release daily stress and to return to a relaxed and engaged state of being, we begin to function in a constant state of increased neuromuscular tension and stress.
Stress and tension are often seen as common precursors to dis-ease. The Alexander Technique teaches you principles of a proper internal tune-up BEFORE you start moving into the activity, thus enabling you to prevent further misuse. It gives you the means to reconnect to the innate grace and balance of your body, both in stillness and in movement.
Contrary to other self-help methods, the technique is not about learning something new, but about unlearning that which is counterproductive to our well being or even potentially harmful to us.
Who can Benefit from Alexander Technique lessons?
People of all ages, body types and abilities, who experience discomfort due to poor postural alignment, movement habits or old injuries can benefit from lessons, as well as people adapting to life changes, such as pregnant women and parents of young children.
Professionals in physically demanding and mentally stressful occupations, such as computer users, doctors, managers of large organizations etc. can learn to improve their well-being and prevent stress and fatigue through learning the Alexander Technique.
What happens in Private Lessons?
Private Alexander lessons are a unique process of kinesthetic self-discovery. You come as you are, no need to try to be something different than what is going on right now. Come with all your needs, hopes, concerns. Be open to learning about yourself in an unconventional way.
A course of lessons is an educational program tailored to each student's individual needs. It is a combination of hands-on work and verbal guidance through a range of familiar movements and specialized activities to explore your personal habitual movement patterns. It is also an ongoing conversation about what makes you GO in life and what makes you habitually STOP.
Private lessons are the fastest and most transformative way to study self expression and pain free living.
We study what we as humans do, walking, sensing, sitting and standing, and using our hands. How do we bring greater comfort, ease, efficiency and power into what we do? How do we age gracefully? How can we learn to infuse our daily experience of the present moment with space and lightness so that we can truly live?
Alexander's work does not require special equipment or exercises, but can be readily used anywhere for any activity. It is not a series of treatments or exercises. The process in Alexander Lessons is a mutual educational experience rather than the usual patient-practitioner relationship. A class or lesson is a kind of research laboratory where you will find new ways to recognize and change habits of misuse.
A specialized gentle touch and sophisticated observation through the teacher will help you to develop a better coordination of thought and movement, and your body's original poise can be restored. Lessons are not about adding anything new, but to learn how to free your body and mind of excessive tension and counter-productive habits, so that a more natural state of being can emerge.
You will leave your first lesson with a new sense of balance and well-being that will slowly begin to take root and grow in your daily life. Sharpened senses and clarity of thinking starts to replace the old tendencies of slumping and tensing.