• What is Alexander Technique
    “Everyone is always teaching one what to do, leaving us still doing the things we shouldn’t do.”

    F.M. Alexander

What is the Alexander Technique...?

Try asking people who have taken Alexander Technique sessions what it is about and you will get a wide range of responses. Likewise, a web search of “define Alexander Technique” will return a bewildering variety of descriptions. This is because the AT is used by individuals for many things: pain relief, performance improvement in sport, music and theatre, anger management, better posture, stress control and a myriad other reasons. Such a diversity of reasons for interest in the Alexander Technique leads to a wide understanding of what it is.

We like a simple description from the American Society for the Alexander Technique:

“A proven approach to self care, the Alexander Technique teaches how to unlearn habitual patterns that cause unnecessary tension in everything we do. It’s used by people of all ages and abilities to enhance the performance of every activity and relieve the pain and stress caused by everyday misuse of the body.”

If such a definition makes the Alexander Technique seem applicable to any of life’s goals or problems then that is because, at a fundamental level, it is.

So “Alexander Technique” is a way of looking at any activity, whether physical or mental, and removing whatever may be impeding its success. This is critical, and what makes AT so generally useful: it teaches how you can stop doing the things that prevent success rather than specifying all the things you need to do.

Because each person has different habits and different life experiences a teacher will use different examples, metaphors and activities to encourage awareness and effect a changed approach to all activities. This leads to the many understandings of what is essentially a single process. Most of the variety in descriptions of Alexander Technique you will come across are true and will differ because they reflect individual perspectives on a universal process.