Why People Study the Alexander Technique
We are designed to move fluidly, in balance, with vigor and ease. But many of us find that our lifestyles limit movement and we end up with an excess of tension. We hunch up our shoulders or tighten our necks as we type. We slouch for long periods of time in chairs and couches. We tense our backs as we walk, garden, drive our cars, hit a tennis ball. We collapse our chests so that we don’t breathe easily. We rush through one experience in order to get to the next one with little awareness of how we got there.
Alexander Technique is taught all over the world and people study it for a range of reasons, such as:
-- to make working at a computer easier on shoulders, back, and hands
-- to improve balance while walking, playing sports, dancing
-- to increase comfort while sitting
-- to change uncomfortable postural habits
-- to find greater poise and confidence in public speaking
-- to discover greater breath support for singing
-- to reduce performance anxiety
-- to develop more endurance and attention while playing a musical instrument
We cannot always change the demands of our professional and personal lives, but we can change the way in which we move through those worlds. With conscious attention we can learn to give ourselves choices so that we are no longer restricted by our habits. We study the Alexander Technique to learn about our own habits of moving and our habits of thinking about how we do what we do. We study so that we can move in keeping with our natural design.