What is inhibition?

[with object] Hinder, restrain, or prevent (an action or process) 

‘cold inhibits plant growth’ Oxford dictionary

The conscious prevention of habitual reaction to an external stimulus.

The interaction between mind and body (in human consciousness) renders a necessary awareness of the need to stop all physical activity with regards to the body in order to control it completely. All physical activity at the level of the musculo-skeletal level leads to tension in activity. All activity that is enacted below the level of awareness will be habitual. In order to perform function in a different manner, it will be necessary to tell muscles to stop activating. Only then will muscle perform as we choose. So inhibition is the ability to stop activity, think about how to do something and then fulfill, with choice, our actions. Literally, stop, think and then act.


Nick Chapman is an Alexander Technique teacher in private practice.

He qualified as a teacher at The Constructive Teaching Centre Lansdowne road in Holland Park and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. He holds the certificate for teachers of the F. Matthias Alexander Technique. He was trained by W.H.M. Carrington.and D.M.G. Carrington. W.H.M. Carrington studied with Alexander and was the most influential teacher in the country. He is now a legend. His wife Dylis was also his teacher and was just as influential.

Nick Chapman is employed by Merrill Lynch and UBS as the resident Alexander Teacher.

Nick Chapman has considerable experience in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, stress and anxiety related problems.

He worked with the Odyssey Trust, where he used Alexander Technique and other relaxation methods for the relief of drug withdrawal.

He also worked in nursing homes where the nurses found great benefits using the technique for stress and the management of various physical problems from maneuvering and handling high risk patients.