An Overview Of The Alexander Technique
Some of the health problems that we are experiencing today are brought about by poor posture and less-than-efficient bodily movements. This is the fundamental impetus behind the creation of the Alexander Technique.
Here is an overview of the educational process that people consider one of the best ways to move in a more efficient and comfortable manner.
What is the Alexander Technique?
Frederick Matthias Alexander, an Australian actor, developed the Alexander Technique in the 1890s. The technique is a process of retraining the body to break habitual patterns related to posture and movement.
Alexander believed that some of the health problems that people face at the time are related to poor habits in movement and posture.
It all began when the Shakespearean orator lost his voice during one of his performances. The doctors found nothing that will help explain the sudden voice loss in Alexander. He set out to observe himself while speaking.
He noticed that he always contracted his posture every time he speaks. He postulated that his posture has an effect on his vocal processes. Alexander corrected his posture, which led to the resolution of his voice loss.
What are its Key Principles?
Alexander’s experience with voice loss allowed him to create the Alexander Technique. His experiments also allowed him to formulate a number of principles that all practitioners of the technique are expected to adhere to. Here are the key principles of the Alexander Technique:
- How well you function depends on how you move, stand, and sit.
- Optimal function is dependent on the relationship of the spine, neck, and head.
- It is necessary to become conscious of how you perform your daily activities if you want changes in your life and gain benefits.
- Both the mind and body act in unison, influencing each other in a constant manner.
How Does the Alexander Technique Work?
Only qualified teachers can teach the Alexander technique. Lessons can last between 30 and 45 minutes. It can take place in the teacher’s house, clinic, or a studio. The ‘student’ will need to wear comfortable clothing. This will allow easier movement.
The first part of the lesson involves an assessment of your body movements. They will assess how you sit, walk, stand, and perform other movements that you do every single day. Based on these observations, the teacher will identify problems in movement and posture.
They will also show you how to observe proper posture and to maintain the optimal relationship between the head and the back.
What Health Problems Can it Help With?
Proponents of the technique say that postural and movement changes can help people address many health problems. They include asthma, osteoarthritis, insomnia, stress, and headaches, among others.
Unfortunately, many of these claims do not have enough clinical evidence to support them. However, there are three conditions that the Alexander Technique can be very effective with.
- Chronic back pain
- Chronic neck pain
- Parkinson’s disease
The Alexander Technique is a process of retraining the body so that you will not have to keep moving the wrong way. It also addresses postural problems. This can help improve your overall health and wellness.