“If you are not sure whether Alexander Technique is for you, understand that it is not the same as any other modality out there, while being compatible with all of them. —Joshua Myrvaagnes
I came to the Alexander Technique because I was so deeply disconnected from my body. I had chronic dis-ease and my list was of symptoms was continuing to build; anxiety, depression, panic, sinus infections, TMJ, IBS, acid reflux, voice loss, fatigue, pain, eating issues and hormonal imbalances. Ultimately, the support of doctors and medications wasn’t working for me. I wanted more long lasting change and understanding in how to help myself. I’ve witnessed The Alexander Technique empowering me and others time and again towards getting to the root of chronic symptoms and opening up new pathways of possibility.
What is The Alexander Technique?
As we grew up, the vast majority of us were given very little to no education in how to use our bodies optimally and efficiently. The Alexander Technique fills in this substantial gap in our personal development and allows us to discover a far greater potential in our bodies. It also teaches us how to listen and be in healthy dialogue with our physical senses and emotional life.
During lessons, the teacher uses verbal and gentle hands-on guidance to facilitate within the student greater self-awareness, the experience of using less muscular and mental strain, and the deepening mind-body-emotion connections.
Students gradually learn how to cultivate these discoveries for themselves more and more consistently in their own lives. Alexander Technique sessions are called lessons because they are designed to teach students to help themselves.
Origin of the Technique
The Alexander Technique was developed by F.M. Alexander, a Shakespearean actor from Tasmania in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. During his acting career, Alexander began to experience chronic voice loss whenever performing. When the best doctors were unable to help him, F.M. set out to find a way to overcome the problem on his own, ultimately leading to a discovery that excess tension throughout his body was the cause of his vocal issues.
Through a process of trial and error, Alexander was able to develop a manner of using his mind and body with far less effort and strain, thus leading to the cessation of his vocal problems.
F.M. began teaching others his technique and soon found that it was helping his students immensely through a wide variety of health concerns. For the remainder of his life, Alexander taught in both England and the U.S., passing on his discovery to students who would travel from around the world to work with him.
“A few minutes practicing what I learned from Emily takes care of pain that used to hang around for weeks. I know my body better than ever and that knowledge gives me confidence every day.”