The Alexander technique teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during their everyday activities. It is an educational process rather than a relaxation technique or form of exercise. The Alexander technique has been shown to be helpful for back pain and Parkinson’s. The purpose of the Alexander technique is to help people unlearn maladaptive physical habits and return to a balanced state of rest and poise in which the body is well-aligned. Some believe that centering the body brings the mind and spirit into alignment as well.
What To Expect
The Alexander Teacher uses light touching and gentle body manipulation to help a client understand problematic body placement and guide them towards improved posture.
During the lesson your teacher will be observing your posture and movement patterns. The teacher will also supplement the visual information in a very important way by using her hands, gently placing them on your neck, shoulders, back and so on. The teacher is using her hands in order to get more refined information about your patterns of breathing and moving.
To help with this, the teacher will probably ask clients to perform some simple movements – perhaps walking, or standing up or sitting down in a chair – while their hands are kept in easy contact with the client’s body.
At the same time that the teacher’s hands are gathering information, they will also be conveying information to clients. The teacher’s hands will gently guide their body to encourage a release of restrictive muscular tension.
Naturally, teachers vary somewhat in their approaches to teaching. Just like any other group of professionals, there are variations due to differences in personality and style of training. Some teachers may talk and explain more at first; others prefer to spend most of the time during the first lessons simply helping you to get a new experience of ease and flexibility. Similarly, some teachers emphasize a few, fairly basic movements, allowing the effect to carry over into all your activities, while others prefer to work with you in a wide variety of applications.
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