Based on the 'Practical methods for change' developed by F.M. Alexander whose underlying premise is that the way we use our bodies affects not only our appearance and performance but also our general health. Excess tension postural distortion and inefficient movement habits can contribute significantly to back, neck and joint pain, migraines,digestion and breathing disorders. "Good use" means co-operating with our body's natural design and functioning, allowing its subtle 'automatic' reflexes to give us the proper support in sitting, standing and moving.
Young children (2-3yrs) often have general grace, freedom and energised way of moving and being. Over the years many of us learn unconscious habits which interfere with this natural co-ordination and the aim of the Alexander Technique is to recognise and release this interference in order to restore natural poise.
People learning the technique may wish to rid themselves of back and neck tension or other medical problems, reduce stress, to improve posture and appearance, to enhance performance in sport andthe performing arts, or simply to live with more awareness in a body-friendly way. What all pupils have in common is a willingness to take responsibility for the way in which they use themselves and the effect this has on their daily lives. While there is a therapeutic effect from the lessons, the real benefits come when pupils learn to apply the principles for themselves.
Ideally the technique is learnt as a preventative discipline. Whilst most people experience some benefits from just a few lessons, a basic course consists of 20 or more lessons.