What is the Alexander Technique?

The principles of the Alexander Technique can be applied to any activity - riding, running, computing, sports, playing instruments, martial arts, meditation, etc. Quality and efficiency of activities depends on health and co-ordination. It is essential to avoid interfering with the body in the effort to achieve. 

During the course of living life, habits can develop around routine activities. These often have no relevance to the body's integrity as a whole, and as time goes by, their repetitive and subconscious nature can start to cause problems. The response to this is, commonly, to practise the habit more intensely, believing that problems can be solved with more hard work. After some years of this behaviour the body may become tightened, knotted, and shortened, causing considerable distress.

Mr Alexander recognized that doing more, harder doesn't work, and he explored the whole idea of doing less, of stopping behaving in any way which constrained the natural flow of movement.

Young children are beautiful examples of balance, due to the proportions of their heads to their bodies. It is possible to relearn, and remember this as adults. It's a quality that may be experienced in infinite ways, depending on the history of the individual. It always offers the possibility of more choice, and more autonomy.