We often respond to the demands of our life-style and environment by increasing the amount of tension we hold in our bodies. Applying the Alexander Technique provides a simple but powerful way of rejuvenating our natural posture so that we can let go of these tensions without collapsing, thus maintaining the natural integrity and co-ordination of our structure. In the process we learn to recognise and change those habits of movement and positioning which sabotage our natural, graceful postural use, allowing us to be poised and relaxed in all our activity.
We sit, stand and walk every day. But do we ever think about how we do this? We learn our movement habits when we are young; and unconsciously modify them in response to injury, working
environments and other stimuli. As adults we seldom pay much attention to them. But those unconscious habits continue to affect our health and well-being in the present. They determine the ease or difficulty with which we accomplish everything we do.
Through engaging our conscious awareness and innate physical intelligence, the Alexander Technique offers a means to enhance coordination, overall fitness, general wellbeing and potential for learning – it offers a means for change.
Lessons also serve as a means of improving our general health through the elimination of destructive habits, and as a preventative treatment to ensure continued health.
FM Alexander on the Complexity and Complications of Civilized Life
quoted from Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual, published 1910People attempt to account for the difficulties of civilised life by saying, “Life is so complex!” This means that, though they are conscious of the presence of an undue stress and strain, they are prepared for the most part to accept the position, and consequently live on with the conviction that a growing complexity is the natural result of civilized life. What they fail to recognize is that this condition is the result of their own or others’ ill-considered, end-gaining attempts to surmount the difficulties encountered during the progress of civilization. This serves to show how the egotism of the average human being is developed out of all proportion to the degree of successful endeavour that he can legitimately claim for himself. This fact, however, rarely seems to reach his sphere of consciousness and hence the improbability of his awakening to his own individual shortcomings, an awakening which would lead him to attempt to reach that desirable stage of consciousness and reasoning where he would have the conviction borne in upon him that
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves,"