Introduction to the Technique

Introduction to the Technique

The Alexander Technique effectively undoes fixed habits that interfere with how we breathe, move, and support ourselves. To be increasingly freed from fixed habits, is to be simultaneously freed from unconstructive physical, mental, and emotional reactions to stimuli. Simply and practically, the Technique helps us breathe more easily, discover our innate capacity for efficiency in the activities of living, and become more of who we are and who we yet might be in the world.

To learn the Technique is to learn how to participate effectively in our natural processes of support, well-being, and becoming. With practice, reliable sensory perceptions are regained, unhelpful thoughts and intentions are re-educated, misdirected energies are made more coherent, and the ability to realize our innate potential becomes a reality.

Human potential inherently depends on our ability to free ourselves from the compulsion to repeat the negativities of our personal and collective histories – compulsions often bound up with fixed habits of tension. 

Regardless of the challenges we face, the Alexander Technique provides a means to bravely and calmly participate in the unprecedented changes of our time. Whether you are a young individual with dreams, a parent with responsibilities, a professional coping with the demands of job-related stress, a laborer providing a service, or an artist, athlete, musician, minister, activist, caregiver, scholar, or teacher – achieving your goals need not come at the expense of your well-being.

Breathing and moving well is a birthright, not a luxury. Nor is it an activity of the body alone. All our thoughts, feelings, intentions, and responses play a crucial role in the ongoing dynamics of upright support – dynamics upon which every breath and movement depend. How we think matters. Conscious intention matters. Experience matters.

Fostering freedom in thought and action, the Alexander Technique shows us how to live more fully in the present and participate in experiences fundamental to cultivating hope in the future.