The Alexander Technique is a learned method for improving posture and solving dysfunctional use of the body. It is sometimes referred to as psycho-physical reeducation.
Just as F.M. Alexander's faulty use forced his vocal apparatus into a position in which it could not function, thereby causing him to lose his voice, so most of us have our own areas of misuse. Through The Alexander Technique, we can learn new habits and awareness which enable us to have more conscious control. We may then be able to function in a more natural, comfortable, and efficient manner.
The Alexander Technique is not a method of exercise, a spritual conditioning, or a treatment to relieve pain. It is a series of lessons to learn to use one's self in ways that we would probably never be able to find otherwise.
How is The Alexander Technique Taught?
Mary Lois teaches The Alexander Technique in a series of private or semi-private lessons, the duration of which varies according to the need and acuity of the student. It is not unlike learning a skill such as playing the piano. The lesson is approximately 45 minutes to an hour, at least once a week. The student wears clothing which allows for freedom of movement.
As a rule, the lesson is in two parts. First, simple movements in order to observe our habits and what we might do differently (chairwork) and then more passive work on a massage table (tablework). The student receives physical and verbal information throughout the lesson. This method of teaching is in accordance with the skills learned in an AmSAT teacher training course, of which Ms. Misken is a graduate.
There are a number of neuroscientists who are studying how and why this technique works. There is quite a lot of interesting and exciting research being done.
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