The Alexander Technique is a hands-on educational method that facilitates a more efficient and effective use of body and mind for improved mobility, posture, performance, alertness, as well as relief of chronic stress, stiffness, tension, and pain.
It re-organizes patterns of chronic tension that have unconsciously become a fixed part of how we move, breathe, and act in the world. Rather than attempting to directly relax all tensions in the body, or trying to disperse the tensions by vigorous exercise, Alexander recognized that by consciously addressing the primary coordination of postural support, movement and breathing, tension could be transformed into available, coherent energy.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
The Alexander Technique is an effective tool that enables the student's self-awareness, conscious control, and ability to modify the physicality required to play a musical instrument correctly.
A teacher helps guide the student towards playing with ease, only using the necessary amount of muscular energy. The Alexander Technique philosophy also aids greatly in developing the ability to practice the instrument efficiently, which saves time and energy.
How does the alexander technique help musicians?
The Alexander Technique helps musicians because all activity then becomes far more energetically efficient by bringing a whole new awareness of what it means to be supported, to be breathed, and how to allow appropriate effort to arise from this self-sustaining background without interfering with it.
Physiologically, the specialized guidance of an Alexander teacher’s hands and verbal instruction can re-distribute tone between the support muscles of the neck and back, the breathing muscles of the trunk, and the movement muscles of the limbs.
Over a number of lessons, this new coordination becomes more and more accessible to the student in daily life and in skills such as athletic or artistic performance.
In parallel, this heightened awareness of physical coordination can bring with it that greater ability to be in the moment, consciously present, grounded and uplifted, which is sought after in so many psychological and spiritual disciplines.