Alexander Technique Bookham
What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a way of developing the skilful use of the self: how we move, stay still, and breathe, how we learn, how we react to situations, and how we organise our awareness and attention. It is a subtle, thoughtful and practical discipline. The work empowers us, in a gentle and systematic way, to let go of long-held patterns of movement, posture, breathing, muscular tension, and other habits that might be affecting our well-being, learning abilities and psychological stress reactions.
The Technique helps us to re-establish the natural relationship between the head, the neck and the back, thereby supporting free movement of the limbs.
How does it help?
The Alexander Technique is thought improve personal performance across the whole spectrum of human activity.
Alexander teachers do not claim to diagnose, cure or treat people.
Who is it for?
It is possible for practically anyone to benefit from learning the Technique, and may help if you suffer lack of confidence, or if you want to break through a ‘brick wall’ that you’ve come up against when learning a new skill such as a sport or musical instrument.
The value of the Technique is widely recognised, and for many years there have been Alexander teachers in drama, music and other educational colleges, as well as in hospitals and pain clinics.
If you are in the early stages of pregnancy, or have recently undergone surgery, Alexander lessons may not be suitable for you.