“Wishing and Willing”

There’s a Buddhist saying that “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I’m a firm believer in that since I discovered my first Alexander Technique teacher. Maybe there is something in your life with which you’ve been struggling, with which it would be useful to get some assistance? We cannot always resolve our Continue reading »

Directions

So what actually happens in an Alexander Technique lesson? I suppose it depends very much on one’s teacher’s way of teaching, but all teachers of the Technique follow the same basic principles. I’ve been watching a video of a first Alexander Technique lesson and one of the things to which the teacher immediately introduces the Continue reading »

Learning about our habits

The Alexander Technique has something very unique to offer in that it offers us an opportunity to learn about ourselves and there is always something new to learn, it doesn’t matter how many lessons we’ve had. This is why it definitely falls within the realm of education, together with self-care, as opposed to being a treatment Continue reading »

Inhibition and direction

In an Alexander Technique lesson we refer to two main principles, inhibition and direction, which are taught by means of using the chair and table. Inhibition refers to stopping when met with a stimulus such as getting out of the chair as soon as a teacher’s hand is placed on your back and neck, at Continue reading »

What’s the difference?

You might well be sitting here and wondering what the difference is between the therapy you’ve been having for a sore back or stiff neck and the Alexander Technique, and whether it might be worth your while exploring it further. Unlike osteopathy or chiropractic treatment, the Alexander Technique is an educational technique in that it Continue reading »

A life in pain, or living pain-free?

Life doesn’t have to be about being in pain, but rather can be about living pain-free. Have  you been pain-free in your life, would you like to be pain-free? How would it be if you were pain-free? The Alexander Technique is a tried and tested technique, especially of benefit to those who suffer from back Continue reading »

Observation and awareness

I was reminded yesterday how stopping to notice where one is tightening and/or shortening can bring about release of that tension. It really does take place in the mind with a teacher’s hands guiding you more into the upright, you can really become aware of the release of tension when you are  thinking about where you might be Continue reading »