The Alexander Technique

Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) created a series of lessons to improve posture, increase freedom of movement, and reduce physical tension. An actor, he originally taught fellow actors his methods to make them feel more comfortable in their own bodies and to overcome vocal and movement problems caused by tension. The Alexander Technique remains extremely popular with actors and dancers, but has moved into the health field.

Students find that Alexander Technique provides many practical solutions to a wide variety of posture related problems. Certified teachers of the Alexander method guide a client through a gentle series of movement exercises to teach awareness of the body. The goal is to break through the unconscious habits of poor posture and movement to find more efficient ways to move. By reducing posture and function limitations, clients report increased feelings of well-being and overall improvement in physical, emotional and mental health.

Alexander Technique in Animal Therapy

This technique has been a valuable resource for riders seeking to improve and perfect their riding abilities and their communication with their equestrian partners. It has been a valuable tool for those recovering from injuries and physical problems.

Benefits/Contraindications

See a qualified therapist.

Training/Licensing

Teacher training courses require at least 1,600 hours of instruction over a minimum of three years to become a certified practitioner/teacher of the technique. There are no academic examinations to “pass” or “fail”, although some written work is required. Each year a student prepares a seminar or project on some aspect of the Alexander Technique. The format is usually based on a 2,000 to 3,000 word essay. Most students are assessed as competent to teach by the end of three years.