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  • Writer's pictureNeil Aronoff

Alexander Technique Teaches a Healthier Way to Move

The Alexander Technique is a method of movement and posture re-education that has been practiced for over 100 years. It is a gentle, non-invasive approach that can help individuals improve their overall physical and emotional well-being.

The Alexander Technique is based on the principle that the way we move and hold ourselves can have a significant impact on our health and well-being. By paying attention to our body's alignment and tension levels, we can improve our posture, reduce stress, and prevent or alleviate chronic pain and discomfort.

One of the key principles of the Alexander Technique is the concept of "inhibition." This means becoming aware of and interrupting our habitual patterns of tension and misalignment. Through the use of verbal and physical guidance, a certified Alexander Technique teacher can help individuals learn how to release unnecessary tension and find a more natural and efficient way of moving and being.

Alexander gently guiding the student's head alignment during a teaching session.
Frederick Matthias Alexander demonstrating his teaching with a student.

The Alexander Technique can be helpful for a wide range of individuals, including those with chronic pain, stress, and tension-related conditions, as well as those looking to improve their athletic performance or reduce the risk of injury. Dancers, actors, and musicians also gain much benefit in learning to reduce harmful tension. Many people find that the Alexander Technique helps them feel more balanced, energized, and in control of their bodies.

The Alexander Technique is typically taught through one-on-one sessions with a certified teacher. During a session, the teacher will observe the student's movement and posture and provide verbal and physical guidance to help the student release unnecessary tension and find a more natural and efficient way of moving.

While the Alexander Technique is not a quick fix or a substitute for medical treatment, it can be a valuable addition to a holistic approach to health and well-being. By learning to release unnecessary tension and improve alignment, individuals can improve their overall physical and emotional well-being and live a healthier, more balanced life.

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