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7 Basic Principles and the Benefits of the Alexander Technique


Understanding these seven principles and applying them to how you respond to the ‘stimulus of life’ in your whole system will change the way you approach your life physically, mentally and emotionally.

7 Basic Principles of the Alexander Technique


1. Use and Functioning:
Metaphorically speaking, "If your violin is out of tune, then the music you play will be out of matter how skilled you are at violin playing”. The way you "use yourself" dictates "your functioning.”

2. The Whole Person:
We function as one total unit with a 'central nervous system' ... change can only occur when we approach the human being from "the whole to the part" ... not the other way around.

3. Primary Control
The coordination of the Head, Neck, Back relationship in movement.

4. Unreliable Sensory Appreciation:
Our sensory perception is conditioned by our "habits of movement.”

5. Inhibition
The biological definition of this word is "our ability to say 'No' to a stimulus...creating a space between the stimulus and our response...i.e. teaching a child to "stop, look and listen" before crossing the road. (Yoga Sutras 2.33 & 2.34)  

6. Direction
A process of coming back into "postural balance" through the process of saying 'No' or inhibiting the patterns that are preventing balance from occurring. This can be applied to any movement asanas, athletics, walking, sitting and standing, working at the computer, performance, etc..

7. Ends and Means
You gain your end result by an unfolding of the "moment to moment" process.


Carol helping a woman with the Alexander Technique
Carol helping a man with the Alexander Technique

Benefits from Studying the Alexander Technique:

  • Relief from chronic neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Easier pregnancy and childbirth
  • Improve posture, balance and coordination
  • Reduce tension and stress in everyday activities
    (walking, driving, computer work, cooking)
  • Increase energy and mental clarity
  •  Runner’s knee and tennis elbow
  • Efficient use of energy
  •  Enhance presentation skills by overcoming fear and stage fright
  • Better breath control and enhanced stage presence
  • Improve skills in the performing arts, sports and yoga
  • More confidence
  • Greater connection to self 

"Boiled down, it all comes down to inhibiting a particular reaction to a given stimulus - but no one will see it that way
They will see it as getting in and out of a chair the right way. It is nothing of the kind.
It is that a pupil decides, what he will or will not, consent to."
                                                                                                                  F.M. Alexander