About Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique has been used by people of all ages and professions. Furthermore used by people suffering from back and neck pain, Scoliosis, spinal stenosis, in addition to other physical limitations. Alexander Technique helps people in their everyday lives, for example, mothers lifting children, computer users, and artists like dancers, singers, and actors. Taught throughout the world in private and group classes, the Alexander Technique is namely a required study in certain curricula at prestigious universities, schools, and conservatories. Recognized as one of the most effective ways of changing habitual patterns of movement, posture, and functionality.
Alexander Technique will teach you a unique process of mind and body self-observation. As a result, you will be able to easily and effectively modify your muscular responses to create freedom and ease of movement. For example, you will achieve greater mobility, comfort, and confidence in movement. Awareness and re-education of your postural habits will invite a path to a well-balanced ease in the body. Australian born F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) became a successful actor throughout England and Australia in the early 1900’s. At the peak of his popularity, he developed a chronic case of hoarseness and laryngitis consequently doctors were unable to find a physiological cause. After years of meticulous observation and experimentation, he cured his vocal problems and evolved a method that profoundly changed peoples’ lives.
The Alexander Technique recognized as one of the most effective ways of changing habitual patterns of movement, posture, and function. It helps alleviate pain and weakness, resulting in improved pain management for chronic disabilities, and enhanced rehabilitation following surgery or injury. We all have familiar habits and don’t think about them or even realize that we have them. As you advance in the Alexander Technique, you will become aware of your movement habits and choices. You will discover how to guide yourself through thought and application therefore achieving balance, freedom of movement, and ease. You will learn to make new choices when responding to a stimulus, and your unique mechanism will change and support you in the most efficient way namely surrounding the activities in which you engage. This awareness and re-education invite self-discovery and leads the way to an improved lifestyle.
Here are resources about Alexander Technique in addiction to Strength In Balance teachings:
- What is the Alexander Technique?
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- Alexander Technique, Exercise and Massage related to Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain
Who can benefit from Alexander Technique:
- Artists: actors, singers, dancers, conductors
- Chronic pain sufferers: spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, back and neck pain
- Surgery and injury recovery
- Office workers and IT specialists as a result of spending long hours at the computer
What to Expect as a Student
Gentle hand-on guidance and verbal instructions are given to help students gain proficiency in basic movements. In each lesson, we will explore habits in everyday activities for example standing, walking, climbing, and sitting. A lesson consists of several different parts and will be designed according to your needs. Students will be asked to lie fully clothed on a table to help integrate the concept of “not-pulling down” and depending on your needs, an awareness of your movement in everyday activity.
We can tailor our study in addition to the awareness of your habits. For example playing the piano to working towards a triathlon, from singing to working at a computer – Alexander Technique is perfect for anyone. Private lessons at the Strength in Balance studio are 45 to 60 minutes in length. In addition, we recommend taking 10 lesson’s close together to integrate and empower the student’s new learning patterns. Improvement in this method relies on the student’s active participation. Gwynne Marshall is available for group lessons, onsite private lessons as well as corporate educational group classes. To inquire, please call 212.874.6216
Many multinational companies have also turned to the Alexander Technique for its health benefits, for instance Chanel, the BBC, Google, HM Treasury, and the Cabinet Office in Whitehall. In fact, Victorinox, the makers of Swiss Army Knives, managed to reduce absenteeism by 42% by employing Alexander teachers to help their staff. Also over 20 NHS trusts and hospitals have also brought the benefits of the Alexander Technique to their own staff.