The Alexander Technique
Why learn the Alexander Technique?
A familiar word to all of us.
Many people today spend long hours in front of screens, absorbed in the data, with little awareness of their own physical bodies - until aches and pains occur.
Why wait until problems appear? Better to organise oneself so ease and comfort at work are the norm.
Searching for a 'right position' at one's desk is NOT the solution. Stiffness is the result of trying to hold a 'right position'.
We humans are built for MOVEMENT - HOW we do it is crucial.
Study of the Alexander Technique includes:
Learning to stop the harmful muscular patterns we too often choose when doing activity
Learning to respond differently so there is ease of movement
Understanding how fine tuning the head/spine relationship allows movement to become freer
Recognising the importance of antagonistic muscle action, particularly the role of the lengthening aspect of muscles.
As the learning experience builds then actions - including the basic ones such as bending, walking, sitting down/standing up from a chair - that can cause too much effort, become more efficient.
Improving the 'Use of the Self' saves energy, stops extra unnecessary physical wear and tear. Prevention of problems is best.
The Alexander Lesson
Small group study of the Alexander Technique is useful but the individual lesson is best, as you can then receive advice most suited to your own personal needs. Demonstration lesson featured in this DVD.
FOR ALL OF US
The Alexander lesson taught one to one allows the Alexander teacher to observe exactly how a pupil moves when doing a given activity.
Each person is different.
To convey new ideas for movement the Alexander teacher will use gentle hand guidance. The teacher's hands constantly monitor the pupil's muscular movements and indicate less stressful ways to perform a movement. With repetition the pupil's new experience become a new choice the pupil can make later on when alone.
Alexander lessons teach better self-management.
Find out how some chronic back pain sufferers solved their problems:
Lessons in the Alexander Technique offer much support for achieving one's goals.
In any field - e.g. the arts, sport etc.
one can gain:
Ease of breathing
Subtle balance control
Movement with split second timing
ARTISTS USING THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE INCLUDE:
Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Hugh Jackman, James Galway, Sting, Paul McCartney, King's College Choir (Cambridge UK)
“This documentary is a visual summary of Alexander’s life and his legacy based in part on the 4th edition my book ‘Up From Down Under’"
- Rosslyn McLeod