What is the Alexander Technique?
Developed by F. Matthias Alexander in 1894 this Technique is essentially a re-educative self-help system that promotes better health by improving posture, coordination and breathing. It is used by people from all backgrounds and all ages both in the arts, in offices and businesses, at home and in all sporting activities. Doctors frequently recommend a course of lessons to their patients to assist with poor posture, whiplash injury, all kinds of back problems (including slipped discs) or with respiratory troubles. Many well-known celebrities, sportspeople and performers take lessons to manage stress and improve their performance in whatever they do.

Why might I need a course of lessons?

  1. To improve poor posture and relieve troublesome or unnecessary tension
  2. To assist in coping with severe physical pains or difficulties, coordination problems, or voice or breathing difficulties
  3. To prevent yourself from getting into difficulties from poor postural habits in the future
  4. To improve your performance at playing a musical instrument or in a sports activity
  5. To present yourself better in a business setting or give more effective presentations
  6. To look your best! (and reduce stress effectively)
  7. To help relieve pain
  8. To prevent injury and fatigue
  9. To find a balanced, flowing, and powerful expression of self
  10. To improve and enhance your arts practice (for actors, musicians, dancers, and singers)

Who might benefit from the Technique?

  1. sportspeople, athletes
  2. physical therapists
  3. orthopaedics
  4. performers, dancers, actors
  5. musicians, singers
  6. those with spine, back, neck or joint ailments
  7. those with chronic pain or tension
  8. working professionals in high-stress environments
  9. anyone interested in more efficient use of their body

Are there any age restrictions?
No. The Technique is beneficial to people of all ages. (Children below 15 yrs should be accompanied by an adult.)

How is the Alexander Technique different from other methods?
The F.M. Alexander Technique is quite unlike anything else around in the psycho-somatic disciplines. Alexander discovered a centrally integrating principle that determines the way all vertebrates use themselves. By consciously employing Alexander’s principle together with the active positive prevention measures and the psycho-somatic conscious directions you develop your underlying postural support musculature and give yourself the freedom to act from choice rather than out of automatic habits. This process is one you can bring to bear on any activity in life which makes the Technique uniquely continuous rather than a therapist dependent or an intermittent process. The Alexander principle, the conscious psycho-physical directions and the continuousness of the process are unique to the Alexander Technique. The effectiveness of the Alexander Technique has been operationally verified for over 100 years.

What happens in an Alexander lesson?
The teacher helps you recognise and identify your habit patterns which often are not so obvious. By teaching you how to employ the Technique in daily life activities like sitting, standing, walking, breathing, bending and so on, you are easily able to apply a better way of functioning in whatever you do. So the Technique is more than a therapy because you learn how to master your own way of using yourself. Specific activities like playing a musical instrument or singing are given particular ways of working that are suitable to overcome individual difficulties and improve performance.

How does the F.M. Alexander Technique work?
By using the Technique you get taller and more self-aware so you can perform every routine daily action with better coordination and skill. It is applicable to any action and can be employed 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The Technique works by getting you more aware of the ways you usually hinder yourself in your everyday actions. Normally these habitual “misuses” (as they are known in AT) are so automatic that they are not observed or felt as anything wrong. By noticing these habits and learning how to stop them you transform your everyday actions.

Are there any exercises I can perform to change these habits?
The Technique begins to help you alter and improve your coordination, breathing and daily actions straight away. In this way your habitual ways of doing things are shown up and you soon discover alternative ways of carrying out any action with less effort and more awareness. You can begin to change these habits at once by applying the basics of the Technique. Teachers often give pupils ways of training so that habit patterns change in a general way by employing what Alexander called “positions of mechanical advantage”. These can be quickly learnt and practised.

Is there any method I can use at any time of the day that can help me improve the way I am doing what I am doing?
The F.M. Alexander Technique 🙂

I have already done a workshop / attended lessons. Can I register for more?
People who have prior experience with the work or the technique are welcome to register for further lessons or programmes, to further their individual growth. As the nature of the work is not linear, it is greatly beneficial for people to revisit to continue and strengthen their practice. The greatest benefit is seen in a regular, sustained engagement.

Guidelines for Alexander Technique Individual Lessons

  1. Please be on time, try to be here at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment.
  2. Carry a notebook and pen/pencil with you in case you would like to take some notes during or after your lesson.
  3. Kindly note that non-attendance for scheduled lessons shall still need to be paid for according to normal professional standards. Please give 24 hours notice if you need to cancel.
  4. Kindly note that children of 15 years or younger coming for lessons should be accompanied by an adult. Many thanks for your understanding.