People study the Technique for a variety of reasons. The most common is to relieve pain through learning better coordination of the musculoskeletal system. The most far-reaching reason people study the Technique is to achieve greater conscious control of their reactions.
Most of us have many habitual patterns of tension, learned both consciously and unconsciously. These patterns can be unlearned, enabling the possibility of new choices in posture, movement and reaction. Taking Alexander lessons you'll develop awareness of habits that interfere with your natural coordination. You'll learn how to undo these patterns and develop the ability to consciously redirect your whole self into an optimal state of being and functioning.
Through direct experience you’ll learn how to go about your daily activities with increasingly greater ease and less effort.
In the book Change Your Posture Change Your Life by Richard Brennan, explains the secret key to good posture is first realizing life is not an emergency. In the book Jean Liedloff, an American psychologist spent two and half years in the South American jungle with South American Indians. There she saw that they had little or not concept of time. In her book The Continuum Concept she relates that she saw the indigenous people never rush to finish one task so that they could get to the next. They were happy in the present moment focusing on whatever tasks they were doing. They were not thinking ahead to the future or having regrets about their past actions. As a result, she noticed, they were far happier and more content than people in developed countries. They laughed rather than cursed when things went wrong. They were far more alert and aware of things around them. Liedloff's experience challenged her radically Western
preconceptions of how we live.
The habit of rushing from one thing to the next is a problem that affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It can cause anxiety which will make us depressed. It can affect us physically in such a way that our whole system is on red alert causing stress-related illnesses.
Give Yourself Time
Take time to work - it is the price of success.
Take time to meditate - it is the source of power.
Take time to play - it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read - it is the way to knowledge.
Take time to be friendly - it is the road to happiness.
Take time to laugh - it is the music of the soul.
Take time to love and be loved.
"The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities..." - Alexander Technique