What is the Alexander Technique?
"Alexander Technique" is the name that F. M.
Alexander (1869-1955) discoveries are known by today. These discoveries
are a tool for developing the art of constructive, conscious living.
They can support us moving towards the realization of our individual
The work is firmly based on the premise that our
co-ordination is the deepest and truest expression of who we are being,
and that, to redirect our energy towards our aspirations, requires a
deep and profound knowledge of how we are co-coordinating ourselves as
we do that.
Alexander's discoveries are nothing if not practical and
concrete. These lofty ideals are immediately translated into an
exploration of the manner of our doing ordinary, everyday activities.
In the exploration of these activities, it quickly becomes apparent to
us that the quality of these movements is dependant upon the quality of
our awareness, our attention, our manner of thinking.
For this work, three important discoveries of Alexander
come into play.
exploring Alexander's discoveries, the primary object of attention is
towards what Alexander called our "primary control", which can be
understood as being how our head movements are affecting the rest of
our co-ordination. Alexander discovered that our head movements govern
vertebral co-ordination, which in turn governs the quality of all our
The second object of our attention is remembering that
this is a perfect mechanism - therefore our sole intention is to become
aware of how we interfere with its usage, and in turn give up this
interference, which then results in free and flexible movement.
The third object of our attention is to realize that if we
are successful in the first two, the result will be an entirely new
experience not in keeping with anything we have experienced before. We
therefore resist trying to be "right" based on our old idea of "right"
and enjoy the new experiences we are having.
The work is often thought of as a 'bodywork', but, if
anything, it is more of a 'mindwork'. The primary emphasis is on the
quality of attention as the determining factor for the quality of
movement. It is the premise of this work that all beliefs, ideas,
memories, visions, attitudes and the like are neuromuscular activities,
and all can be influenced and redirected at that level of intervention.
The work itself is stunningly simple and
everything you ever have to know can be demonstrated by a good teacher
in about 5 minutes. Of course the learning potential is huge, but it is
mainly about your own unnecessary habits, your own way of living that
creates unhappiness for you. The work itself is quite simple, it our
own Selves that obscure it.
Reduced to its essence, Alexander work tells us that we
are already OK, we are already perfect. We've just forgotten the fact,
and this work is a way to remember ourselves, to meet our true Self. It
is a way to discover the wonderful, beautiful potentiality that exists,
waiting to bloom, within us all.