A Shift in
Wellbeing & Performance
A re-education of responses.
A transformational shift, the possibility of a new choice in each new moment, in how you respond to the stimulus of life.
The Alexander Technique is an educational method that focuses on improving posture, movement coordination, and overall well-being.
It was developed by a Tasmanian actor, F. Matthias Alexander who encountered voice and breathing difficulties during his performances.
Endorsed by well-known musicians, actors, sportspeople and others around the world, it teaches a skill for improving well-being and performance in everyday activities.
What is the Alexander Technique?
Consider that the mind and body are inseparable and interconnected aspects of a whole functioning system. The way we use our bodies is deeply influenced by our habitual patterns of thinking and reacting to stimuli. These ingrained patterns can lead to inefficient movement, poor posture, and unnecessary tension, which may contribute to various physical and mental issues.
How does the Alexander Technique work?
How can I learn this skill?
The technique is best learned with a certified Alexander Teacher in one-on-one hands-on private lessons.
Alexander Technique Teachers undertake a 3-4 year Advanced Diploma training course over a minimum of 1600 hours before being certified to teach.
The technique encourages individuals to become more aware of their habitual physical and mental patterns. By developing this conscious awareness, they can recognize and release any unnecessary tension or unproductive reactions.
- Primary Control:
The “primary control” refers to the relationship between the head, neck, and back. Alexander Technique practitioners believe that when this relationship is properly aligned, it positively influences the coordination and functioning of the entire body.
Inhibition in the Alexander Technique means stopping the habitual response to a stimulus. It involves pausing before reacting and allowing oneself the opportunity to respond more consciously and deliberately.
Direction refers to the conscious guidance of one’s movements, leading to a more balanced and coordinated use of the body.
By integrating the principles of conscious control, primary control, inhibition, and direction, the Alexander Technique aims to improve overall coordination, relieve physical tension, enhance breathing, and promote a more balanced relationship between the mind and body.
In each lesson, the teacher will help you discover your own habitual, automatic ways of executing these activities, and learn how to stop, or inhibit, these habits.
You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of functional anatomy which provides insights into the interplay between the structure and function of the human body.
What are the core principles of the Technique?
Educative · Transformational · Sustainable
Proprioception allows us to maintain balance and stability by providing information about the position of our body parts in relation to each other and the environment. It helps us make coordinated movements and adjust our posture in response to external forces.
Good proprioception can help prevent injuries by enabling us to react quickly and appropriately to changes in our body position or external stimuli. It allows us to make timely adjustments to avoid falls, trips, or collisions.
Proprioception is crucial for athletes as it contributes to their agility, accuracy, and overall performance. It helps athletes make precise movements, maintain body control, and execute complex skills with accuracy and efficiency.
Proprioception plays a significant role in injury rehabilitation. After an injury or surgery, retraining proprioceptive pathways can help restore functional movements and regain strength, stability, and coordination.
Proprioception is required in every activity we perform in everyday life. For example, walking, climbing stairs, reaching for objects, or typing on a keyboard. Good proprioception enhances our ability to perform these tasks smoothly and efficiently.
Enhancing Balance, Coordination, and Injury Prevention
Overall Health & Wellbeing
The Alexander Technique teaches you how to improve your performance in everything you do and bring sustainable, lasting change in your well-being.
By functioning in a more natural, easeful way – the way we are designed to move and act – you can relieve and improve recovery from issues such as:
- occupational overuse injuries
- stress and tension-related issues
- breathing and voice problems
- poor posture
- injury recovery
- hyper-mobility spectrum disorders