The Alexander Technique is a method of body and mind awareness that promotes coordination and ease of movement.
Our thoughts and emotions are apparent in our body and physical condition, and vice versa. It is a holistic approach that recognizes the unification between our body and mind and teaches us to use ourselves in a more balanced and effortless way.
For example, children, specifically those under the age of three move effortlessly, naturally and perfectly. As we mature, our movements become weighted with stress, expectations and self-consciousness. The Alexander Technique teaches how to unlearn poor behaviors and habits. To do the same things in a different way, reconnecting us with how our bodies are intended to move.
The Alexander Technique can be applied to any physical and daily activity, such as working on the computer, exercise and even ordinary tasks like washing the dishes. The Technique provides benefits in more specialized circumstances, including:
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My Journey To and With the Alexander Technique
After years of playing guitar and performing, I began to experience pain in my shoulder and arms. This pain was only present when I held my instrument and began to interfere with my ability to make music.
I explored treatment options, including physiotherapy, Tai chi, massage and orthopedic treatment. Some methods provided temporary relief, but did not solve the underlying pain. By coincidence, I met a guitar instructor who was also an Alexander Technique teacher. I began to take lessons from him, both guitar and the Technique. From the first lessons, the progression of the pain immediately ceased. I learned different ways of playing and practicing and adopted a whole new approach to making music.
I traveled extensively for a year, and during that time, paused my music. The day I picked up the guitar again, the pain came back. I knew if I wanted to play without pain again, I had to immerse myself in what I had learned before. I needed to unlearn the behaviors and habits that were causing me pain and learn to use my body in a better way.
More than applying it to my own life, I had a desire to learn the Alexander Technique as a teacher and share the benefits and experience with others. I pursued my certification and now enjoy directing others who are seeking the benefits of the Technique.
The Alexander Technique and Music
The Alexander Technique is practiced by musicians around the world to either alleviate pain or advance the quality of their music. It regards the body itself as the main instrument, enabling a more natural way of playing or singing, resulting in a deeper and more vibrant sound.
Actors, dancers, singers, and musicians use the Alexander Technique worldwide. It is requisite at many prestigious schools such as Juilliard School in New York, Yale School of Drama, UCLA School of Theater, and countless others. It’s also used to train members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to achieve flawless performances.