About the Alexander Technique

What is the Alexander Technique?

fmalexander + quoteNamed after its founder – F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) – the Alexander Technique is a re-education in how to use the mind and body – separately and together – more effectively.

F.M. Alexander was an actor who faced serious professional difficulties when he started to lose his voice while performing on stage.  He sought advice from voice coaches, doctors and specialists without results, and finally attempted to resolve the problem himself.  He began to explore and examine the possible reasons for his voice loss, discovering that his habitual reactions were interfering with the successful carrying out of his activities, in both his daily and professional lives.  After many years of research and self-observation he devised his teaching method, called the Alexander Technique.

In a lesson, the Alexander teacher and student work together to reduce tensions, change habitual postural patterns, improve breathing, restore balance and poise, and bring ease to both daily living and the carrying out of specialised tasks. Practising the Alexander Technique can trigger profound and long-lasting change in many aspects of one’s life, improving physical and mental well-being.

Who can benefit from studying the Alexander Technique?

Practising the Alexander Technique is of benefit to anyone: the main focus in lessons is daily activities such as standing, sitting and walking. However, many fields of specialism have incorporated the Alexander Technique: music, theatre, horse-riding, and swimming, to name but a few. The Alexander Technique helps people to overcome particular problems – back pain, tendonitis, muscular tensions of all kinds, persistent headaches, and so on – treated within the context of the whole person. It is also recognised as one of the most effective methods for the prevention of injury.