Developed in the late 19th century by F.M. Alexander,
a man of great genius, the A.T is one of the earliest and
greatest Western Bodymind methods.

There are a great many online resources
 devoted to the Alexander technique; one of the best is:

 Alexander was an actor who kept losing his voice on stage;
in the process of resolving this problem, he discovered
the basic principles of Bodymind functioning.

Because they are fundamental,
 these principles apply to all human activities.
 The Alexander "mantra" is:
  • Let the neck be free      
  • to let the head go forward and up,
  • to let the back lengthen and widen.

Deceptively simple for something of such power, the A.T. focuses initially on posture and movement; but unlike almost any other system it asks one to release instead of try, to do less, to allow the body to move effortlessly and naturally, instead of making an effort to do
the "right thing".

This is inseparable from finding a state
of mind that is calm, open and alert.

As we learn to bring this state of body
and mind to our daily life, and to our
activities of work and leisure, we find
that we do everything better, with more
ease and clarity, and that problematic
tensions of body and mind fall away.

Even problems we assume to have a
purely physical cause often disappear:
flat feet, arthritis, scoliosis, displaced
vertebrae, bone spurs, old injuries may
magically stop hurting.

Anxiety and depression can dissolve, and
problematic relationships may spontaneously
straighten out.

The Alexander Technique is taught one-to-one, in 1-hour sessions usually once a week. Usually a lesson starts with lying down, then progresses through sitting, standing and walking to more complex movements (depending on your interests and needs). Instruction happens through verbal explanation, gentle touch, and guided movement.

The A.T has a special connection to the Chinese Bodymind disciplines of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong . Although there was no Asian influence on Mr. Alexander, the basic principles of T'ai Chi and Qigong are substantially identical to those of the A.T. The Alexander Technique is a Western form of Qigong!

Who has studied the A.T.?

People from all walks of life have received immense benefit from the Technique, including Nobel prize-winning scientists, writers, philosophers, meditators, actors, dancers, singers, musicians, athletes, healers, riders, and people suffering from countless ailments from headaches to flat feet.

Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Dewey, Niko Tinbergen, Yehudi Menuhin, James Gallway, Sting, Paul McCartney, Meryl Streep, Paul Newman, Sally Swift, Joan Skinner are among the more recognizable celebrities who have benefited from the Technique.
F. M. Alexander

This is a reminder not to interfere with the
core structure of the body during any action.

 Go here for more discussion of the
Principles of Bodymind Functioning.
For more information: Head, Heart, Belly, Center,
Nine Centers, Centerline, Ground, Sky, Trauma