the Technique is primarily concerned with habits and control of behaviour,
many positive physical changes occur. The feelings of lightness and ease
of movement described above result from an improved organisation of the
postural and balance systems in our bodies. The appropriate red fibre non-fatigable
postural muscles are reengaged by applying the A.T. principles, aligning
the body in a more natural organisation thus requiring less work to be
done in standing and moving.
continue over time as the student learns to apply the principles in their
daily activities. We move closer to what has been termed appropriate
effort in any activity thus lowering the degree
of wear and tear on our whole system. Many students grow taller and their
physical frame expands as they undo their unconscious contractive habits
of movement. Even appearance can improve over time with the entire
muscle system including the facial muscles of expression releasing tension
and returning to a more even tone.
There is a
growing body of scientific research validating Alexander’s work but there
is also a large extant body of literature describing how it works and peoples
experiences of learning the Technique. Many eminent scientists and medical
people have written about the Technique since Alexander began teaching.
Alexander Technique gives us all the things we have been looking for in
a system of physical education; relief from strain due to maladjustment
and consequent improvement in physical and mental health; and along with
this heightening of consciousness on all levels.We cannot ask more from
any system, nor if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable
direction, can we ask any less”.
Huxley, “Ends and Means”.
an investigation comes to be made it will be found that every single thing
we are doing in the work is exactly what is being done in nature where
the conditions are right, the difference being that we are learning
to do it consciously."
is my opinion that habitual use of improper reflex mechanisms in sitting,
standing, and walking introduces conflict in the nervous system, and that
this conflict is the cause of fatigue and nervous strain which bring many
ills in their train. Mr Alexander, by relieving this conflict between the
total pattern which is hereditary and innate, and the reflex mechanisms
which are individually cultivated, conserves the energies of the nervous
system and by so doing corrects not only postural difficulties but also
many other pathological conditions that are not ordinarily recognised as
Alexanders method lays hold of the individual as a whole, as a self vitalising
agent. He reconditions and reeducates the reflex mechanisms and brings
their habits into normal relation with the functions of organisms as a
whole. I regard his methods as thoroughly scientific and educationally
(Biologist) in The Universal Constant in Living.
F. M. Alexander. 1941 Dutton & Co. P XXV111