What is the Alexander Technique?

Discovered over 100 years ago by F M Alexander, the Alexander Technique is a simple but profound method of mental and physical re-education that is taught and practised all over the world.

Our habits of use begin at an early age and accumulate throughout our lives. Often our response to stress, whether internal or external, is to tighten, try too hard and ‘over do’. This misplaced use becomes habitual over time which, without us realising, restricts our choice of response.

So perhaps it is time to pause for a moment and consider whether these underlying habits have a role in various conditions you may be experiencing.

Many people come to the Alexander Technique to deal with specific conditions, such as:

  • Back, neck, shoulder and other muscular skeletal problems
  • RSI and performance strain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Asthma, breathing and vocal disorders
  • Stress, depression and anxiety
  • Problems with co-ordination or movement
  • Rehabilitation after operations, injury or illness
  • Stress related conditions, such as IBS
  • High blood pressure
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Osteo-arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • ME/Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Pregnancy related discomfort

The following pages offer a series of ‘lenses’ through which to explore the Alexander Technique further.

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