About the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique has been taught around the world for over 100 years. It was developed in the 1890s by an Australian named Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) who, through experiencing persistent problems with his voice, was led to discover certain fundamental truths about human activity, co-ordination and movement. Read more about the origin of the Alexander Technique here.

The Alexander Technique is a method of re-education that teaches us to use our bodies to the best advantage in our everyday movements such as walking, sitting, standing and bending, as well as when performing more specific activities such as playing a musical instrument, taking part in sport, driving a car, using a computer or digging in the garden. 

We may not think too much about the tension that we accumulate throughout our lives until we become ill or in pain. Through awareness, time and application the Alexander Technique helps us to recognise and change the unhelpful ways in which we hold ourselves, move and think. We are then able to make the choice to move in an effortless and dynamic way that reduces the strain on our body and brings about a sense of freedom and poise that makes movement feel natural and easy.

Learning the Technique involves changing long-standing habits of tension and movement, and relies on your active participation. It can be practiced wherever you are and is suitable for people of all ages and levels of physical mobility.

To watch an excellent introductory video about the Alexander Technique click here

 “Through Alexander Technique lessons with Julia I have a new awareness of the unhelpful habits I had developed over the years. There is now a real sense of freedom and pleasure in my movement and I can continue running and dancing without the niggling injuries that have plagued me in the past.” Joanne, dance teacher and runner.