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Alexander Technique:
The art of using ourselves well

The Alexander Technique awakens and trains our ability to treat ourselves well in everyday life in a holistic way. We recognize and transform unfavourable facets of our everyday postures, positions and movements so that they no longer pose an insidious threat to our health - but promote it!

“Using ourselves well” essentially means moving according to our anatomical design: Joints, muscles... using our body as a whole in such a way that we do not unintentionally harm it in the long term. The alignment of the head, neck and torso as a millennia-old organizational principle in living beings plays a central role in this. The individual adjustment and renewal of our daily movement and posture program has a comprehensive effect on the various and diverse activities of our lives:

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We stand, walk and sit more upright, our postures and movements appear more graceful, we relieve our joints, release tension and thus improve our vegetative bodily functions. We experience greater mental well-being, emotional balance and mental clarity in our everyday lives.

The “good use of our body, of our whole self”, is therefore the starting point for more and more ease, effortlessness and at the same time efficiency, strength, joy and health in our everyday activities. I will show you how to regain this ability (Greek technae = skill, art).

"You translate everything - whether physical, mental or spiritual - into muscular tension." (F.M. Alexander)

A method of (un)learning

As small children, we all moved effortlessly and organically. It is only later that we become accustomed to incorrect strain, which we often do not even consciously identify as such - but which at some point becomes noticeable in varying degrees of tension, mental tension, pain or even illness. Getting back to the organicity, flexibility and effortlessness of small children means that we can shed what is too much: a habitual excess of tension that impairs the natural functioning of our organism. With the help of the Alexander Technique, we approach an unaccustomed relaxation and alignment in a new way. We leave our organism “in peace” and allow it to work independently and autonomously. I will support and accompany you on this adventure of change in what you have been used to for many years with my professional and personal expertise.

What happens in a private lesson?

Together we will get to the bottom of subtle movement and posture patterns. With my words and hands I will accompany you in everyday positions (standing, sitting, lying down) and simple movements (sitting down, walking). I will give you impulses through which you will perceive and release the usual, superfluous muscle tension. You will gradually refine your perception, your movements will become more differentiated, clearer and smoother. Where previously misdirected tension remained in the body and caused poor posture or tension, you will gradually experience your movements as more effortless, efficient and more present. You will soon be able to transfer the new lightness to more complex activities such as working on the computer, jogging, dancing, playing music and much more.

 

The learning process of the Alexander Technique is, strictly speaking, a process of unlearning habitual, superfluous tensions and subtle stress reactions . It is characterized by the   Elements "awareness, pause and alignment".

Consciousness

We expand our attention from "what" we do to "how" we do something: noticing our muscle tone, the position of our head or our breathing while we do something with our hands is the first step.

Pausing

If we want to change for the better, we must be able to stop reacting to stimuli in the usual automated way and stop carrying out plans in the usual way. Pausing between an impulse and carrying out a reaction opens up a new space in which habits can be recognized and modified. You don't do something in the usual way, nor in a different way, but... not at all.

Aligning

And now? In the search for a new quality in activity, the appropriate alignment provides orientation. The connection between head, neck and torso is of primary importance as an organizational principle in living beings that has been around for thousands of years. The interweaving of mind and body makes directional thoughts and the intention for physical alignment fruitful. A mental attitude is cultivated that is dedicated to the "how" instead of the "what".

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How does the positive change manifest itself?
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Relieve and prevent tension and chronic pain in the musculoskeletal system
(e.g. back, neck pain)                                                

Improved posture and mobility                             

Promoting balance, relaxation and stress management

Improve breathing

Increase presence and self-confidence                         

Experience effortlessness and joy in movement and activity

Increased performance, general well-being and quality of life

In principle: for everyone.
Specifically, the Alexander Technique supports people who

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suffer from (chronic) back pain, neck pain, shoulder tension and spinal problems                              

spend a lot of time on the computer every day

feel stressed

work in physically and mentally high-performance jobs (any business, health, sports)                         

engage in artistically and mentally challenging activities such as musicians, dancers, actors or speakers

*** Information on reimbursement options for professional musicians ***

carry out caring activities

suffer from a movement disorder such as Parkinson's or dystonia

want to experience more effortlessness and efficiency in their activities

want to improve their general well-being

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If you would like to know whether and how I can support you in your concerns, then do not hesitate to contact me. There is no charge for an initial telephone consultation.

Frederick Matthias Alexander

FM Alexander (1869-1955) was born in Australia. He was a passionate reciter who was threatened with occupational disability due to chronic hoarseness - which led him to develop his "technique". FM Alexander understood pain and dysfunction as signals of an organism that was disturbed in its autonomous functioning. His method aims to re-establish holistic functioning. It has a preventative, curative and progressive element.

Well-known students and clients of FM Alexander include the philosopher John Dewey, Aldous Huxley and George Bernard Shaw. Contemporary personalities such as Ralph Fiennes and Sting use the Alexander Technique for themselves:

In the hands of a good teacher the technique is invaluable to anyone who seeks to maintain health, physical posture and alignment. ( Ralph Fiennes, actor)

Consciousness

Aligning

Pausing

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Clinical studies (excerpts)

on the effectiveness of Alexander Technique

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