I teach at Alexander Technique Imperial Wharf, 13, The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, London SW6 2UB and also in the City of London, EC2 at Longcroft House, 2 Victoria Avenue, London EC2M 4NS (Liverpool St/Bishopsgate, City of London).
The Alexander Technique concerns itself with our postural habits and with freeing your body from unnecessary muscular tension which often causes back pain, neck tension, shoulder pain and so on in order that you can perform daily activities with greater ease and less tension, helping to restore movement and flexibility and reducing pain, stiffness, tiredness and tension. It is an educational process in which the student learns about his or her own movement patterns, in addition to how thinking can improve coordination. It can only be learned by experience, that is one has a lesson with a teacher and learn from one’s own experience about where one can release tension and gain greater freedom.
We all have things we do habitually, without thinking, automatically, because we don’t really need to think about how we do them. These are unconsciously performed habits, or patterns of thought and movement, which we habitually undertake, such as how we talk, walk, stand, sit, brush our teeth, tie our shoe laces and so on. Alexander discovered that it is possible to learn how to carry out such activities in a fresh and improved manner without our habits coming into play, in other words we have a choice about how we do things. He discovered that the Primary Control of the head, neck and back relationship was instrumental in determining our co-ordination and movement. Improved Primary Control that is learned during lessons means that we move in a more balanced way, as nature intended us to use ourselves. We have the ability to move, speak and sing in different ways, but we must decide to move with greater awareness rather than always reverting to the established pattern or habit.
The Alexander Technique addresses your entire coordination: you will realise the value of thinking about your entire self. It is not a therapy, but an education, specifically a re-education of one’s understanding of movement and thinking. A teacher teaches a student rather than therapist administering a treatment to a patient. The idea is that you can gradually learn how to use the Technique to help yourself. And it can help you with any activity: driving your car, improving your performance at sports, your musical performance, and your business presentations and meetings in the office, if nothing else your overall health and wellbeing.