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Origins of the Technique

As an up-and-coming young actor in the late 19th century, Alexander began to lose his voice during performance. Assured that nothing was organically wrong, he proceeded painstakingly to observe himself when about to speak. He found that certain habits of his mainly shortening in stature and excessive tension tended to interfere with the natural processes for balance, posture and co-ordination. In finding the means to address these interferences he was able to prevent the adverse effects on his voice.

Alexanders discoveries about himself and the subsequent development of the technique which bears his name, supports the finding that many aspects of our functioning, our physical activities and our psychological well-being are influenced by the way we use ourselves, i.e. our manner of doing things.

What the Technique is About?

The Alexander Technique is concerned with bringing about personal change through cultivating the ability to become more aware of body and mind to bring a certain quality of attention to most aspects of our lives. In so far as mental 'chatter', unwanted feelings and bodily sensations will result in some kind of contraction, so particular patterns of constructive thinking can have beneficial effects and help support the bodys natural processes for balance and co-ordination. Learning the skills that underpin the Technique has helped many people to function more effectively by offering a practical means for changing the way they use themselves in everyday life.

Who can Benefit from the Technique?

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Misuse often leads to distortion of our framework, particularly to the relationship between the head, neck and back which can result in a variety of symptoms such as pain, joint and muscle stiffness, breathing disorders, stress-related conditions. The Technique can help here and in the following situations: rehabilitation post-operatively and after illness and injury, in pregnancy and childbirth and in helping to manage such conditions as high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. As well as helping in the above conditions, it can help people of all ages to discover greater ease and freedom of movement in their everyday tasks. Many discover new dimensions of well-being.

Sports players and performing artists can be helped to remain relaxed, yet focussed. The Technique is taught in many schools of Music, Drama and Dance. It can also benefit those who are simply health-conscious and interested in improving their co-ordination, alertness and vitality.

Alexander Technique Lessons

Lessons enable pupils to become aware of how they distort themselves, use undue tension and hold onto habitual attitudes, physical and mental which cause problems for them. Using a gentle hands-on approach and verbal instruction, the Alexander Teacher encourages a special quality of muscle tone as the pupil is guided towards better use of the self. Many can feel a difference after a few lessons, but for increasing benefit, a series of lessons is recommended. Lessons last for 45min.

Pupil Comments


The Alexander Technique has sorted my back, calmed me down and slimmed my waist. It gives me glimpses of a way of being that is better than anything I could have imagined.
Head of Learning Resources, Further Education College, Lancashire

Though relatively new to the Technique, I am captured by its essence and convinced of its authenticity. The sessions are most interesting and informative and never fail to amaze in enabling a feeling of openness of mind and body and general well being. I am a newcomer who already begins to feel the benefits the Technique has to offer and would recommend it to any committed student.
Fifty- something, Local Government Officer, Blackpool

"At the end of a lesson the feeling I go away with is a bit like the title of the book, The Incredible Lightness of Being.
Team Leader, Social Services Department, Lancashire