Why should you study the Alexander Technique?
The human body has a natural balance and state of poise that is affected by surroundings, often in negative ways. We all develop habits as we mature from childhood and our bodies become heavier and more awkward. Over time these habits add pronounced stress which affect breathing, posture, attitude and, most importantly, comfort. Through the Alexander Technique students learn to free their bodies of the tension, stress, and pain brought on by daily activities and habits. Over time, these habits train the body to exist in unnatural, unbalanced, and unnecessarily strained states.
How does it work?
A student of the Alexander Technique learns to recognize their habits of use, and simultaneously use their thinking in a new way. Habits that a person spends a lifetime developing are extremely hard to break, but outside of traumatic injury, it is these habits of sitting, standing, and general physical use that cause the most damage to our bodies through simple wear and tear. By learning what these habits are a student learns to undo them in positive ways. Julia Caulder will work with you to break bad habits and find the most natural relationship between your head, neck and back so that you can use your body as efficiently as possible.
Who does it benefit?
Literally anyone can benefit from the Alexander Technique, provided they want to improve the way they use their body. People for whom there are specific applications include anyone with head, neck, or back pain, poor posture, poor use, or secondary pain brought about by the fallout of an injury. It is widely practiced in the performing arts because it helps students achieve balance, poise, and confidence. As such, anyone looking to improve their appearance or poise can make good use of Alexander’s work.
What do you do in a lesson?
Lessons are a hands-on affair. Unlike other practices, though, the teacher does not aggressively manipulate a student’s body. The Alexander Technique is about thinking. A teacher guides the student to insights about their habits and use, and with their hands they help a student find the balance in their posture. This is not a simple matter of being told to ‘sit up straight,’ as this is an unnatural position that causes fatigue within minutes. Rather, during a lesson a student learns how to find their natural alignment and use their thinking to undo unnecessary tension.