is it? What makes it necessary?
Alexander Technique is a way you'll become more aware of balance,
posture and movement in your everyday activities. This can
bring into consciousness tensions that you previously didn't
notice. It helps you differentiate between necessary (appropriate)
and unnecessary (inappropriate) tensions and effort.
your fight against gravity
Posture is far more complex than just standing or sitting
could be described as how you support and balance your body
against the ever-present pull of gravity while you go about
your daily activities.
Alexander's own observations (and since confirmed by scientific
research) it has become apparent that there are natural postural
reflexes to organise this support and balance for you without
any great effort, provided that you have the necessary degree
of "relaxation in activity" to allow these reflexes to work
mechanisms of support and balance (for which "poise" is a
useful term) can be seen working beautifully in most small
children, but they are very delicate mechanisms, and are easily
adaptation of your body
The emotional and physical strains accumulated
through your life can soon become fixed into your body in
the form of chronic muscle tensions and patterns of distortion
through the physical structure.
does not just occur due to injury or the environment. Often,
your lifestyle demands that you adapt, and because you have
not been taught to be conscious of yourself, this process
of adaptation goes on at an unconscious level. If your work
demands that you sit at a desk all day, then your spine could
curve and may develop an overcurvature, leading to adaptations
of the specific parts involved. You have your limits, and
excessive misuse will lead to a breakdown in an area of your
spine, followed by potentially excruciating pain.
you conscious habit-reversal
Hence, the role of the Alexander teacher is to
use gentle guidance with the hands to help unravel the distortions
and encourage your natural reflexes to work again. In this
way, a balance can be found between the necessary degree of
muscle tone (tension) required to support your body against
the downward pull of gravity, and the necessary degree of
relaxation to allow you unrestricted movement, breathing,
circulation and digestion.
The Alexander teacher also uses verbal instruction to help
you become conscious of your own patterns of interference,
and teaches you to project simple messages from your brain
to your body that will help your `manual mechanisms of poise
to function more freely.
is why we call our work "re-education" and describe ourselves
as teachers. For you, the Alexander Technique is a process
of reversing and re-education. But this process is also a
fascinating one of self-discovery!
learn to become conscious of the way you habitually move,
or "use" yourself, in your daily life. Habit denies choice,
but when you know what's going on, then your range of choices
and possibilities expands greatly.
your head screwed on the right way?
The human being has been described as "a tottering
biped" (two-legged animal). Approximately 10% of your body
weight is sitting on top of your spine-that's 4.5 to 6.5 kilos!
arrangement is, in itself, a balancing mechanism. About two-thirds
of your head is in front of the point where it sits on top
of your spine. So your head is continuously falling forward.
Deep muscles in your neck and back of your head are continuously
bringing the head back into its central place.
head is that part of the body where your major senses are
of balance, deep inside the inner ear.
head needs to be free on top of your spine so that the senses
can achieve the maximum amount of information. This information
is then relayed to your brain, and an appropriate response
discovered that a certain dynamic relationship of the head,
neck and torso is the main factor in determining the most
efficient use and functioning of the body.
you re-learn this equilibrium is with a qualified Alexander
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you call it "poise", "well balanced" or "equilibrium" , take
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