What is the Alexander Technique?
Do you want to move easily? Would you like to let go of pain and discomfort?
Alexander Technique teaches you to understand your body with a new conscious awareness. The physical work that you undertake tones your elastic postural system. You learn to harness the natural supporting design of your bones, ligaments and tendons.
Develop new movement pathways and prevent old habits. Discover your natural great movement and posture and much more.
For over 100 years people have been using Alexander Technique to help to ease chronic pain, improve posture and movement and perform activities with improved efficiency and effectiveness.
A little Alexander Technique background.
Alexander Technique is based on the discoveries of FM Alexander. He lived from 1869 until 1955. He was named as one of 200 greatest Australians for our Bicentenary in 1988. He discovered that human functioning is a complex interplay of mind, emotion and physiology. He developed a technique of embodied learning that integrates thought and movement. This has been referred to as “bodily learning”, “embodied intelligence”. Alexander called it “constructive conscious control“.
Learning the Alexander Technique is easy when you learn with highly trained qualified teachers. With light movements from the teacher you begin to develop a deep understanding of your body, how it works and what it needs to function well.
As people put this “conscious constructive control” into action they find that extraordinary improvements in movement and functioning can be achieved reliably and repeatedly. Muscle tone changes through the work and you find a new easy support that takes strain of your body.
What Alexander discovered
Alexander observed that many people shorten their stature in movement to such a degree that their bodies must tigten and stiffen muscles to maintain balance. Chronically stiffened muscles put strain on the whole support structure of the body. It forces people to exert a great deal more effort than would otherwise be needed.
He found that when the chronic stiffening is released the body regains the deep support of the bone structure and muscles become free the regain their elasticity.
Elastic muscles are very different from tight muscles or relaxed muscles. They work together with the bones, ligaments and tendons to provide an framework of support and movement that is easy, fluid and dynamic.
Alexander Technique and your potential
Alexander’s observations have been translated into a useful and easy-to-learn technique for unlocking your potential regardless of your situation.
Alexander Technique teachers can demonstrate how your body’s organisation system can be harnessed for significant improvement in all forms of activity. Alexander Technique is akin to learning a new language whose vocabulary is made up from body awareness and embodied understanding. You get to know and communicate with your body in a completely new way.
But will it help my bad back?
People with injury, bad backs, neck pains and chronic conditions can experience profound improvement as a useful benefit from learning this new language of body awareness. Alexander Technique is a skill that you learn to do for yourself. That’s a big difference from other approaches to back pain. It can be a practical complement to medical treatment. Check with your practitioner. Then come and see us.
You’ll want to learn Alexander Technique because it teaches you about your body in an empowering way. You learn to move better, develop ease, balance and calmness. There’s very few other ways in which people can rapidly learn to apply fine control, discriminate and prevent poor movement while developing stronger awareness.
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- Randomised Controlled Study -British Medical Journal
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- bTeacher Training program
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Alexander Technique Study Group
Enjoy an Introductory Study session on Alexander Technique AUGUST 27th, 2022. Working in a small group is social and you get to learn and see others learn at the same time.
A delicious morning tea and lunch provided make this a lovely, convivial way to learn about Alexander Technique. The cost is very modest $88 (gst) includes morning tea and lunch. Places fill quickly for these study groups.
Enquire Michael 0448 406 881 or click the button to secure a space.