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Introduction to the Alexander Technique

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Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Who is F.M. Alexander?

F. Matthias Alexander was born in Australia in 1869. He developed his technique in the last decade of the 19th century and taught it
in England and in the United States until his death
at the age of 86 in 1955. Among his pupils were
George Bernard Shaw, John Dewey and Aldous Huxley.

What does a lesson consist of?

The Alexander teacher analyzes the pupil's movement patterns in daily life: walking, sitting, bending, reaching, lifting. As the teacher guides with a gentle touch and verbal instruction, the pupil learns to replace faulty habits with improved coordination by locating and releasing undue muscular tensions.

What can the Alexander Technique accomplish?

After a course of lessons the pupil has been shown how to improve his or her own postural habits. This generally results in greater ease and freedom of movement and increased energy. In some cases, the Alexander Technique can help alleviate pain that has been caused by postural stress. With the Alexander Technique people do:
LOOK taller, lighter and better.
FEEL more confident, energized and healthier.
REACT more effectively and constructively.
PERFORM at a higher level with less strain.
MOVE with greater poise and flexibility.
LEARN self-awareness and self-reliance.
DISCOVER joy, ease and creativity.

Who studies the Alexander Technique?

Anyone whose posture, or use of the body in movement, is poor or uncomfortable; people whose occupations can cause inefficient physical habits such as dentists, carpenters, computer operators, mothers; people who must use their bodies with maximum efficiency and ease such as actors, dancers, musicians, singers, athletes; those with physical problems that have been intensified through faulty body use resulting in pain and fatigue.

How is the Alexander Technique taught?

Alexander lessons are taught on an individual basis from highly trained teachers to pupils in a series of one-on-one sessions. The Technique is most commonly offered privately and the teacher gives you expert coaching tailored to your specific needs.

Private Alexander Lessons:

"It gives us all the things we have been looking for in a system of physical education; relief from strain due to maladjustment, and consequent improvement in physical and mental health; increased consciousness of the physical means employed to gain the ends proposed by the will, and, along with this, a general heightening of consciousness on all levels." - Aldous Huxley
Lessons are individual and usually last 30–45 minutes. The number of lessons that may be required varies from one person to another and is best discussed directly with a teacher.
To Schedule an Alexander lesson, workshop or teacher training/coaching in Japan contact:
One of the Alexander teachers on the JSTAT teachers list or
Contact the Office of JSTAT by Phone: 075-582-6780 or E-mail: info@jstat.jp

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