The Alexander Technique is a practical method for developing more efficient, integrated movement and increased well-being. This is obtained through a process of identifying harmful habits that cause strain and interference, and learning to undo them.
Because the Alexander Technique is an educational approach, students are given the tools to identify and unlearn what habitually interferes with our natural ease. By thinking with logic and new awareness about our bodies, we create a more effortless relationship of body and mind. As we study the Technique we learn to make choices that allow for more support and less stress. This relieves the strain on muscles and compression in joints that can limit our range of movement, cause aches and pains, interfere with our breathing, or decrease our optimal functioning. Within this more easeful and conscious condition we find our daily functioning, support and coordination improved; our sensations refined and livelier; and our sense of time and space expanded.
Taught for over a hundred years, the Alexander Technique is a proven approach to learning to take care of oneself effectively. The Technique investigates not what you do but how you do it. Amira’s students have included the old and young; office-workers; singers; actors; lawyers; administrators; CEOs; doctors; yoga teachers; truck drivers; chronic neck, back, hip, knee, and shoulder pain sufferers; physical therapists; musicians; dancers; teachers; artists; activists; acupuncturists; and those dedicated to mind-body practice.
Young children move with fluid coordination and easy organization. Watching the way a child balances their head while reaching for a toy, or climbing onto a chair, can inspire awe in the on-looker. We can also see this in the movements of a cheetah, or even a house-cat — a fluidity and state of readiness that we associate with our best athletes or dancers, but often don’t experience in ourselves. Over time, what is natural to us – ease and upright being – has become compromised. What was once unconscious and instinctual can be re-learned through conscious choice, enabling us to awaken our innate delight in movement and response-ability.
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