Learning the Alexander Technique could be one of the best things you ever do for yourself. Everyday pains like headaches, back pain, and shoulder pain often occur at the end of a busy day's work. Many people accept this as normal. But being more aware of how you sit, stand and move in daily life can help prevent the stress which causes these pains. It can also contribute to your sense of well-being. To be shown how to change your most basic habits is a unique experience and can be very empowering. So look around the website, and if you want to learn something special, get in touch!
Alexander was born in Australia in 1869. From a young age he wanted to be an actor, and he worked and to achieve this. In his twenties he encountered a problem: when he used his voice on stage he would gradually grow hoarse and lose his voice. He consulted doctors and followed their remedies and nothing worked except that rest gradually restored his voice. Alexander realised it was something he was doing himself when speaking on stage that caused the problem, and so he set out to study his movements by looking in mirrors to discover the cause of the problem.
Chair work teaches you to by-pass your normal way of standing up from a chair and sitting down. Normally when you sit down or stand up, you hardly think about it. Your brain has a motor program which it executes and this involves little conscious thought. However, to change this habit, you need to stop the motor program from automatically taking place, and apply your conscious awareness to your movement.
Here are some of the benefits that will gradually unfold: You will learn a technique for taking a rest effectively You will become aware of stiffening your muscles unnecessarily and you will learn to release this stiffness. You will be shown how to change your approach to an activity so that you do it more consciously, rather than according to habit.