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Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a postural retraining method developed by FM Alexander (1869-1955) for guiding the individual to 'good use' of his/her body. Lessons are usually held on a one-to-one basis and involve the practice of everyday activities like sitting down and standing up, whilst the teacher gently encourages the correct alignment of head and neck.

The emphasis is on consciously preventing unwanted, unnecessary and harmful habits (e.g. such as reacting too quickly to stimuli, unduly stiffening and tightening muscles and joints and putting too much effort and tension into work activities). As these habits occur repeatedly through everyday life and hence become unconscious, part of the process of applying the Alexander Technique is to become aware of what is actually happening in the body in order to re-learn harmonious usage.

The effectiveness of the Alexander Technique is well documented and has been the subject of several scientific studies. It is increasingly recommended by doctors, and many medical insurance companies will pay for lessons if these are prescribed by a consultant.

Lessons usually last 30 - 45 minutes and up to 30 lessons are normally required to integrate the results into your daily life. At this level of commitment many RSI sufferers have found the Alexander Technique beneficial in promoting recovery and preventing relapse.

Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
First Floor, Linton House
39-51 Highgate Road
London NW5 1RS
Tel: 0207 284 3338

Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT)
Room 706
'The Big Peg'
120 Vyse Street
The Jewellery Quarter
B18 4HS
Tel: 0121 248 1133

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> The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (External link)
> The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique (External link)
> Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (External link)