Use of the self?
That just about sums-up what the Alexander Technique (AT) is about.
AT is a method for co-ordinating body and mind (your whole self) in a way that protects
you from the stresses of modern living.
AT is named after its Tasmanian developer, Frederick Mathias (FM) Alexander.
"Use of the self" is the title of one of his most influential books.
His picture is shown top-left.
Why might you need AT lessons?
Most of us hold-on to ourselves in inappropriate ways: "pulling down" is how FM
described it. We use too much tension as we go about our day-to day affairs.
We don't even realise we are doing it! We develop bad habits that become so ingrained
that we lose touch with what is "natural". Our feelings tell us we are OK but they
are not to be trusted! FM called this "unreliable sensory appreciation".
Learning AT is a process of unlearning the bad habits and consciously using your body
constructively to benefit your health and sense of well-being. It is taught in one-to-one
sessions with a teacher who has completed a full-time three-year approved course and
been awarded a certificate of competence by the
Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.
What can AT do for you?
That depends on YOU! There are many reasons why you might choose
to take Alexander lessons and what you will get out of it depends on how much you put
in to it and how willing you are to change.
Those who have undertaken a course of AT lessons report improvements in:
- balance and coordination
- breathing and voice control
- self-esteem and confidence
- ability to relax and stress reduction
- general health
This site is develeoped and maintained by and for Jeff Hall, Alexander teacher.