The Alexander Technique entails a process of re-educating the body. It is a way of getting to know our own physical and mental functioning, a work that allows us the gradual liberation of the habits that prevents us from reaching our inner balance.
Body and mind are one and the same, and to change the posture is to change the mind.
This technique is a practical method that helps to improve “the use we make of ourselves” in our daily activities, by reducing excessive stress, and improving coordination, fluency of movement, balance, and breathing.
What is Alexander Technique and how can it help us
The Alexander Technique is a way, without shortcuts, that helps us recover the natural posture that we had when we were born.
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When the unconscious natural devices used to keep the balance and the position are threatened, either by a bad habitual use, or by some injury, our performance, both physical and mental, often is negatively affected.
Nevertheless, the suitable muscular activity for achieving the balanced position is not something we could recover simply by putting an effort on it, since all of a range of automatic reflexes are involved; the same reflexes that maintain the body with barely effort, when they work properly.
The teacher teaches the way to learn consciously to avoid the habits that harm us (for instance, the excessive muscular tension and the effort when the time comes to make our daily activity). These tensions or stiffness are produced repeatedly throughout our life, and little by little we incorporate them, and they become, unconsciously, part of it.
During the classes, you gain awareness about the way you are using your body and your mind, you learn to eliminate the harmful habits that cause a bad posture, and you learn to direct yourself in a way that restores the natural posture of your body.
This technique can be learnt at any age.
This technique can be learnt at any age
History of the Alexander Technique
F. M. Alexander (1969 – 1955) Australia
F.M. Alexander was a successful actor who, in the middle of his career starts to suffer serious problems of voice. Doctors were unable to find a physical cause neither were they able to help him. So, F.M. Alexander himself investigated the reason for his problem, and he watched with multiple mirrors how he was managing his own body.
All his time investigating drive him to discover the principles which affected his body posture and its coordination.
Alexander thought that his work could be applied to improve health and personal well-being in general. In 1904, he settled in London, where, with the doctors’ support, he founded a centre where he had, between his students, some personalities as John Dewey, Aldous Huxley, Sir Henry Levin and Bernard Shaw.
Throughout the decades scientific discoveries, one after another, have come to corroborate the Alexander Technique’s Principles. In 1973, Nikolaas Tinbergen, in his receipt of the Medicine and Physiology Nobel Prize, devoted most of his speech to F.M. Alexander:
“This story, of perceptiveness, of intelligence, and of persistence, shown by a man without medical training, is one of the true epics of medical research and practice.”Professor Nikolaas Tinbergen, winner of the Nobel Prize of Medicine in 1973, about F. M. Alexander and his technique.
The Alexander Technique applied to some specific professional areas
En sectores profesionales concretos es donde la Técnica Alexander expande todo su potencial, ya que dada su naturaleza práctica es una ayuda para aquellos profesionales que deseen sacar un rendimiento superior evitando lesiones y esfuerzos innecesarios
As a dancer, you shape your body, your own working tool, by means of your training and your practice. If your daily exercises are full of effort, if you force your body and it hurts you, and you struggle to do your best, you will train at the deepest levels, to maintain certain physical and mental attitudes.
When you resort to remedies for injuries or chronic problems, such as chiropractic, massage, medication, physical therapy or acupuncture, you can relieve the symptoms, but you do not always reach the deeper causes. The ways to habitually use your own instrument, yourself, may be contributing to chronic damage and other problems. The Alexander Technique can work hand in hand with other modalities to support the healing process and prevent further relapses.
You will learn specific movement principles that will reinforce your way of working. The movement will become freer and lighter and your presence fills the stage, and your gesture become wider..
For athletes dedicated to sports as diverse as long-distance races, swimming, basketball and golf, the benefits of learning the Alexander Technique are: increasing in speed, precision, efficiency and endurance.
Athletes with chronic injuries restrain them as they learn the techniques of refined conception of themselves, the economy of effort and a greater control of the mechanisms of balance and coordination.
Any athlete can benefit of it.
The benefits of the Alexander technique for actors are manifold, since they include the minimization of psychophysical tensions, vocal relaxation, greater mental agility and a greater connection between mind and body..
By balancing and neutralizing tensions, we learn to relieve and avoid pain and discomfort, which allows us to refine the body as an essential instrument of the actor’s work.
The Alexander Technique has been learned by actors such as Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Kenneth Branagh, and Paul Newman, among many others. It is also one of the techniques taught at the University of Washington School of Drama, at The Actors Studio, Juilliard, and at the Globe Theatre in London, among several centres.
The state and use of our voice is affected both by our own psychic-physical state and by our sense of balance. The Alexander Technique will help you to be aware of the bad habits that reduce your vocal capacity and to learn practices that will allow you to improve your voice and your singing, such as:
- Stop tightening the neck
- Stop squeezing or contracting your back too much
- Stop pulling the head backwards, that greatly harms vocal quality
- Release the ribs in order to achieve a full voice and with a good resonance quality
Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth
The Alexander technique for a good experience of pregnacy and natural chilbirth
A woman’s body is designed to give birth and care for a baby, but nevertheless, the weight of a pregnancy can lead to distortions in the back that can cause more discomfort than necessary.
Learning to manage your body based on your own natural coordination can greatly improve the pregnancy experience..
During delivery, if anxiety predominates, breathing becomes more difficult and being carried away in the process becomes more than a challenge. Learning to undo tension patterns prior to birth, helps youmaintain a relaxed control in the birth process itself.
Alexander Technique: a good practice for stress management
We can’t always control the amount of stress in our lives, but we can learn to react to it differently. By teaching you to respond more effectively, the technique will help relieve or eliminate your symptoms.
We react automatically to ordinary stress as if it were a threat of danger, with the neck tense and the body contracted. The answer seems inherent to us. If the body does not relax from this contraction, a constant state of emergency is maintained, so that it ends up paying a high physical price. We suffer from chronic back pain, digestive disorders, vocal dysfunctions, headaches, repetitive injuries due to stretching, nervous disorders and heart disease.
In this era of constant change, people want and need to have the ability to be flexible in demanding situations, and to go confidently into the unknown.
The Alexander Technique will provide tools for you to expand the boundaries of your usual field of attention.
Physical and Emotional Health
Alexander Technique: a way to learn how to align physical health with emotional health.
Depression, self-esteem: Currently, the connection between the mind and the body is increasingly recognized, although it is not yet understood very well. Just a few treatments reflect this truth in their practice.
In fact, F. M. Alexander was far ahead of his time, by recognizing that the mind and the body are inseparable. It was this discovery that led him to develop his technique for the psychophysical use we make of ourselves.
People suffering from depression, anxiety or stress often get stuck looking for solutions only in their mind. Or sometimes, they try to find relief from physical symptoms by means of body treatments or medication.
F. M. Alexander discovered that the way we use our bodies has an extraordinary effect on our ability to perceive the world around us accurately, as well as our physical and emotional health.