Can you please define the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a very practical method of education that uses observation and attention to the performance of simple activities to explore the relationship between mind and body.
Alexander discovered that the functioning of our system is strongly affected by how we coordinate our head, neck and back relationship in activity. When we interfere with this subtle dynamic balance, we can create distortion and strain. The result of this may be experienced as specific symptoms like backache, stiff neck and shoulders, postural problems or more generally as a lack of poise, feeling "off balance" or "out of touch" with the body.
In children, we can see a freedom in movement that allows them to move gracefully and without strain. We rarely see that same freedom continuing into adult life. Most of us have developed habits that interfere with our natural coordination and functioning. We become disconnected and find ourselves reacting automatically in ways that interfere with our physical, emotional and mental well being. The Alexander Technique involves exploring "how" we do things rather than "what" we do.
It is best learned in one-to-one sessions, which involve the use of verbal instruction and guided movement. Lasting approximately 30 minutes, these lessons or "explorations" help to uncover and eliminate tension and stress and encourage the return to a more natural coordination and poise with the accompanying benefits to health and well being. Although a few sessions can make an difference, it is recommended to have between 20 to 30 sessions to ensure that the skill can be learned and changes can be maintained.
Since our physical well being affects our mental and emotional well being, those learning the technique often find themselves feeling more confidant and positive in life.