Welcome and thank you for visiting the expert guide to Alexander Technique. I have been teaching Alexander Technique in Kentish Town, London, for 15 years. I have just started teaching in Hendon at The Osteopathy Clinic. The technique will help you with back pain and most muscular problems. Through a process of re-education, you will learn how to combat long standing habits of bad posture, which effect health, performance and well-being. The technique teaches us to identify harmful habits which affect us physically, intellectually and emotionally.
This website has many different resources to help you, if you would like to understand some of the thinking behind the technique please read on…
The first lesson is described in detail. Perhaps you suffer from insomnia, I did for many years before I discovered this work. You can find a brief history of F M Alexander or even me. If you would like to hear about other peoples experiences, please watch the testimonial videos.
I am a keen golfer and currently work with PGA pro James Taverner, who is finding Alexander Technique very useful for improving his golf. If you would like to improve your golf Alexander Technique can really do this in ways you could never have imagined. Just ask James.
The Alexander Technique was invented by F M Alexander who wrote four books about his technique. The Alexander method is a far more effective way to deal with back pain than most systems. This is because it helps you to understand that most problems stem from our own behaviour both mentally and physically. Rather than depending on a practitioner to fix you, the Alexander Technique is a method of re-education that teaches you to change harmful habits that interfere with the natural balance of the head, neck and back.
Most people start using the technique and find that after three or four lessons the pain is easing off. However, in more serious cases where multiple other treatments have failed it may take longer to relieve the pain and stress. Over the years many people have realised that much of their muscular pain is also related to their emotional and psychological attitudes which the Alexander teacher subtly addresses. If a person has a tension running deep over many years it may take 30 sessions to start to shift the pain. As a practitioner to this date I have never found a single person to continue for this many lessons and still experience pain. Sadly many people stop their Alexander Technique lessons before they have given it enough of a chance to penetrate their own malfunctions. It is practically impossible to use the technique as described in F M Alexanders’ books and still experience pain. If this does happen I would recommend a long course in therapy as it is bound to be psychological issues which are preventing a person from moving on. Of course the exception is when a person has a debilitating medical condition. The simple fact remains that the majority of people do not and simply need to address their own very personal issues.