Increased kinesthetic awareness, along with an understanding of how our bodies are designed to move, combine to give us choices about whether we will move and act in largely unconscious and habitual patterns of tension, or with awareness, freedom, and the possibility of something new.
The Alexander Technique is usually taught through one-on-one lessons during which your teacher works with you sitting in a chair, lying on a table, standing, or walking. The teacher's hands help you to become more aware of your body's unconscious habits of tension and help guide you to a freer, more natural and full experience of yourself in movement.
At its most basic, the 100+ year old Alexander Technique offers a way to recover ease and freedom as we move about in our daily lives, easing tension and restoring our bodies' natural coordination and pleasure in movement.
We are often unconscious about how we are moving our bodies as we engage in our daily activities, whether we are sitting at the computer, bending over to brush our teeth, or lifting a heavy bag of groceries. Our bodies' habits of movement often involve unnecessarily tightening muscles that don't need to be tightened in ways that over time, may cause pain or impaired functioning. Since these habits are usually unconscious (even when they are a direct cause of pain), it is difficult to change them. Alexander lessons help the student discover his or her habits of movement, and learn how to change them.
The Alexander Technique increases kinesthetic awareness along with an awareness of the mental patterns of thought and emotions that unconsciously initiate tension-filled physical patterns of movement. At the same time, it teaches us to bring a practical intelligence to any given movement by offering a systematic understanding of the human body's ability to move and balance easily.
Each lesson is tailored to the specific needs of the student, and can include work on a "problem area" the student is particularly concerned with, such as typing at the computer or playing the violin without pain, or running efficiently.
Move with Ease