A little about the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique is taught privately and at various well-known colleges, including many leading schools of Music Drama and Dance, such as Trinity Laban, Guildhall School and Royal Academy of Music.
It teaches us how to use ourselves without undue tension and stress - taking time and allowing our natural springiness in movement and sense of space to emerge.This can lead to more clarity in thinking about ourselves generally.
Mainly concerned with preventing interferences to our natural functioning - not just adding more exercises that often make our poise worse rather than better, this can have enormous benefit emotionally as well as physically. Applying the principles in everyday life allows us to be more effective, generally.
It is highly regarded specialised teaching that allows us to use our potential more fully, rather than be limited by habitual - often unconscious habits. It can also be of profound help in freeing the 'natural' voice if you are a singer or public speaker and lessons can also be invaluable in enhancing sporting and musical ability by showing us how to achieve more by doing less……
Lessons can improve our appearance and confidence and also build self esteem. Being especially important in the development of children it helps prevent poor movement habits and other behavioural maladjustments forming.
Indeed, many of the ‘stress’ problems that adults suffer as they get older can often be traced back to habits laid down during formative years.
An AT lesson shows us how to recognize and change these habits and return to good healthy movement. We are then more able to ‘put our back into our work’, suffer less stress and perhaps be more balanced generally.
Some interesting articles, video and audio talks can be found here