Basic Principles of the Alexander Technique
- The Alexander Technique teaches you to be aware of your habitual mental and physical reactions to everyday stimuli.
- In the practice of the Alexander Technique, inhibition refers not to suppression, but rather the temporary suspension of a habitual response to allow for a reasoned, conscious reaction.
- In the Alexander Technique, direction refers not only to mental orders or physical movements, but to establishing a constant, conscious link between what you think and what you do.
The Alexander Technique is a tool, a skill of adaptability to meet the demands of everyday activity.
It takes into account the relationships between balance, breathing, muscular tension and consciousness that are aspects not normally recognized as related.
It gives us a chance to recognize and suspend our habits, and discover how we are interfering with ourselves and our overall efficiency.
It teaches us to release muscular tensions and allow the head to balance on a decompressed, elongated, dimensional spine.
By altering the balance of the head on the spine, every part of the body is affected and energized differently.
Tensions reorganize themselves and the “parts” relate to each other as a coordinated whole made up of many dynamically balanced relationships.
We economize on muscular effort, not only to save energy, but also to bestow mobility, freedom, and elasticity throughout the body.
As someone’s experience of the Technique develops, it’s as if his or her mind and body become more and more integrated, so that consciousness permeates the whole self.