About the Technique

About The Alexander Technique

Painting by Anne G. Murphy

Painting by Anne G. Murphy

The Alexander Technique Providence offers a process of re-education that teaches a person how to move and respond to the stimulus of everyday activities with more ease.

The purpose of the Technique is to help restore our natural balance. The way we move often involves excess tension that can lead to pain and injury.

An Alexander teacher helps a student develop habits of thinking and moving that can help release unnecessary stress, develop a greater sense of ease and improve coordination.

Through a one-to-one interaction, the teacher uses gentle touch and verbal directions to enable the student to develop an awareness of habits that generate unnecessary tension.

Harmful habits are then replaced with new ways of thinking and moving. The student learns to release tension and  breathe, move and respond to the expectations of daily life with an increased ease of being.

Shoulders relax, breathing expands, posture becomes more upright, thus reducing slumping and slouching. Students consistently experience a significant lessening of pain, even elimination of pain for some. Students also report ” feeling elegant”, seeming to be taller”, “having more energy”.

More Information about the Alexander Technique

American Society of Alexander Technique (AmSAT) www.amsatonline.org, is the site of the accrediting professional society in America. This is the professional organization in the United States that certifies instructors of the Alexander Technique. They are affiliated with several international societies (ATAS: Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies) which conduct training, maintain standards and certification worldwide. Requirements for membership include a minimum of three years’ training in courses approved by AmSAT. Continuing education is also required to retain membership.

Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)  www.stat.org.uk, is the site of world-wide umbrella organization for all Societies of the Alexander Technique.

Constance Clare-Newman’s CONSTRUCTIVE REST AUDIO is a narration that takes an Alexander Technique student through the process of using Constructive Rest to discover and release holding patterns. Using Constructive Rest as a daily 20 minute activity enhances the benefits of lessons.

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