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Alexander Technique teacher helping seated pupil

Watch a video

Introduction to the Alexander Technique
Features some rare footage of F M Alexander. 19 minutes. Courtesy of Frederick Lacy.

BMJ Report, 2008
Report on a major study on low back pain published by the British Medical Journal. 10 minutes.

Listen to audio clips

Alexander Audio
Provides links to the growing quantity of Alexander Technique audio resources on the web. Courtesy of Robert Rickover.

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Freedom To Change

Quite simply the Alexander Technique is life changing. It offers many different things to different people. It offers freedom from pain, freedom of movement, improved alertness, improved confidence, a healthier life, improved breathing and inner calm, to name just a few. You will learn about many aspects of yourself: for example, how and where you hold harmful tension and why, and more importantly how to release that tension. Learning the Alexander Technique is like learning any skill, such as playing a musical instrument or driving a car: you need a teacher who has been experienced in the subject for years to teach you the new skill. An Alexander teacher has trained full time for three years and is therefore is very experienced in the subject and will help you to incorporate the principles of the Technique into your own understanding and every day life.

Alexander Technique teacher and pupil in a chair

How can the Technique help?

Portrait of F M Alexander

About F M Alexander

Hands holding globe

Links & Resources

Alexander Technique Training Centre, Galway, Ireland

Train in Ireland

Re-learning

The Alexander Technique teaches us how to move with greater ease, how to breathe more efficiently and effectively, how to have more awareness and focus of attention and, above all, how to choose our reactions so that we can live happily in a world that presents us with increasingly demanding situations. Although introductory courses are available, the real learning of the Alexander Technique comes from one-to-one lessons with a qualified teacher who will focus on your individual needs. Learning the Alexander Technique will involve becoming aware of and changing long-standing detrimental habits of movement, and relies on the active participation of the pupil. The number of lessons you take can be discussed with your teacher and depends on your particular needs and goals. Your teacher will use gentle hands-on guidance and verbal explanations to help you find ease and balance within yourself during everyday activities such as sitting, standing, walking or bending. Through experience and observation you gain increased awareness, enabling you to change long-standing habits, such as poor posture, and to function more efficiently. In time you will be able to apply your new understanding and skill to all your activities and eventually bring awareness and poise to anything you do. The Technique involves no specific exercises, requires no special equipment, and can be practiced wherever you are. It is suitable for people of all ages and levels of physical fitness.