The Alexander Technique is a practical, take-away skill that you learn in a series of lessons. Like most practical skills, it’s learned through experience. After all, you can’t learn to drive a car by reading a book about it. But unlike many other skills, the Technique is a process of subtraction. Think of a sculptor carving a piece of marble: you take away what you don’t want.
First, you learn to become aware of your unique movement habits and tension patterns. Then, working with body and mind together, you learn specific thought processes to ease the grip of these old patterns. With the old patterns out of the way, your innate balance and co-ordination can emerge. Natural balance and tone are restored to the body, awareness and calm to the mind.
The Alexander Technique gives you a series of principles that can be applied to any activity, even sleeping! As the song says, it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it. It’s a whole-life, life-long skill that doesn’t discriminate – it’s good for everyone, of all ages, shapes and sizes, and whatever your state of health. Read on to find out what the Technique can do for you.