The Alexander Technique teaches you the skills to help you move well and live better, in all that you do.

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is a skill for self-development teaching you to change long-standing habits that cause unnecessary tension in everything you do.

Whatever your age or ability, the Technique can help boost your performance in any activity and relieve the pain and stress caused by postural habits, like slouching or rounded shoulders.

Working with your teacher, you will learn to recognise your usual reactions to the stresses of life. You will find out how you have been contributing to your problems, how to prevent them and regain control.

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Alexander Technique can help you with the following problems:

  • Back, neck and joint pain
  • Muscle tension and stiffness
  • Poor posture
  • Breathing and vocal problems
  • Anxiety and stress-related conditions

Read more about the benefits of Alexander Technique

I hadn't realised I was a victim within my own body. The Alexander Technique has provided me with the power to control my body again, which in my case has been transformative.

Joanne Olney - Occupational Therapist

I am relieved to be out of pain and to have found a technique that works for me. I hadn’t appreciated when I first started lessons how much of a positive impact the Alexander Technique would have in other areas of my life. Considering I only started Alexander Technique lessons for back pain, this has been an unexpected bonus!

Kathy Glenn

I have suffered back pain for a long time and the last 15 years have been a merry-go-round of doctors, drugs and complementary therapies. At the end of my second Alexander session I started to ease into the process. I followed my teacher's instructions between sessions, and found I could focus on my body, its movements and its tensions. It now seems possible to be free of pain and my usual cocktail of painkillers is no longer necessary. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the technique.

Karen Johnson

The Alexander Technique helped me release tension which I was previously unaware that I had, in particular when standing at the tee. In the past my mind would have been elsewhere and my thoughts made me more tense. Applying the Technique I discovered relaxing the jaw, feeling my socks in my shoes, sensing the ground beneath my feet and just being there really helped. My drive distance improved and I cut 5 shots in one game.

Annie Dillnutt, golfer

As a sufferer of ankylosing spondilitis: a chronic rheumatic condition, the Alexander Technique helped me discover relationships between physical and psychological ways of “letting go” in order to control pain. In particular, exposure to the Technique has enabled me to break self-perpetuating circuits of pain associated with inflammatory conditions by focusing on inhibiting learned muscle tensing habits which feed on pain and each other.

E Samuel, Diplomat

What are the core principles of the Alexander Technique?

  • How you move, sit and stand affect how well you function.
  • The mind and body work together intimately as one, each constantly influencing the other.
  • Becoming more mindful of the way you go about your daily activities is necessary to make changes and gain benefit.
  • The relationship of the head, neck and spine is fundamental to your ability to function optimally.

Conditions such as backache and other sorts of long-term pain are often the result of misusing your body over a long period of time, such as moving inefficiently and standing or sitting with your weight unevenly distributed. The aim of the Alexander Technique is to help you "unlearn" these bad habits and achieve a balanced, more naturally alighted body, and we have the evidence to support it.

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Who are STAT?

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) is the largest Professional Association of Alexander Technique Teachers worldwide, established in 1958 by teachers trained by FM Alexander.

We are responsible for maintaining professional standards of our members and promotion the Alexander Technique. Only teaching member of STAT are eligible to use our stamp of approval, identifying them as fully trained Alexander Technique teachers who abide by the Society's Rules and Regulations.

When looking for a teacher, look out for this seal of approval:

STAT Collective Mark

 

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