What Is The
Alexander Technique?

The beauty of life  with the Alexander Technique – and as such its challenge – is that each moment reveals itself as an opportunity for clarity. Every lesson offers further insight into the many facets of the human condition, and provides a richer understanding of who and what we are.

In the dynamic discourse then between oneself and the world around, the Alexander Technique enables you to find an authentic presence to participate within it. Life reveals itself as an ongoing dialogue, creative and sustaining, supportive of growth and the vital development of all involved.

All activities call for engagement requiring commitment and an appropriate tension. Responding however to the stress of contemporary life, most of us go about our daily activities exerting excessive effort. We function through stereotypical reaction patterns and respond with undue tension. For reasons mostly hidden to us, we disturb and even impair our ability to function freely and effectively. The results can be unsettling and at times far-reaching, causing pain, disappointment, confusion and disorientation, sickness, chronic illness, even the end of a meaningful relationship or career.

The individual is a holistic system of mind and body, with a capacity for self-regulation, recovery and healing. Our inability to find a constructive manner of engagement with the world, one which genuinely supports our needs and intentions, interferes with and severely compromises our awareness of ourselves and the world around us. Often a mechanical, habitual manner takes the place of a sensory engagement with the world; we lose the sensibility and flexibility of a creative manner of being.

The Alexander Technique raises the standard of sensory awareness so we can perceive inappropriate response patterns and decide not to employ them. Interaction becomes a conscious event, heightening awareness and enhancing presence, calling for commitment without fixity, a sustainable communication and an authentic participation beyond expectation.