The Technique

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“A person held to fixed position can not grow.”

F.M. Alexander

 

The Alexander Technique fosters human growth and potential by effectively undoing fixed habits of the body and so too, the mind. Freed from fixed habits, change and growth are possible.

To learn the Technique is to learn how to participate effectively in our natural processes of support, well-being and becoming.  With practice, reliable sensory perceptions can be regained, misdirected energies made more coherent, and unhelpful thoughts and intentions re-educated. Simply and practically, the Technique helps us re-discover our innate efficiency and delight in the activities of living.

Human potential inherently depends on our ability to free ourselves from the compulsion to repeat the negativities of our personal and collective histories – compulsions often bound up with fixed habits of tension. Regardless of the challenges we face, the Alexander Technique provides a means to bravely and calmly participate in the unprecedented changes of our time. Whether you are a young individual with dreams or person managing pain, a parent with responsibilities or a professional coping with the demands of job related stress, a laborer providing a service or an artist, athlete, musician, minister, activist, care-giver, scholar, or teacher – achieving your goals need not come at the expense of your well being.

Breathing and moving well is a birthright, not a luxury; nor is it an activity of the body alone. All our thoughts, feelings, intentions and responses play a crucial role in the ongoing dynamics of upright support – dynamics upon which every breath and movement depend. How we think matters. Conscious intention matters. Experience matters.

Fostering freedom in thought and action, the Alexander Technique shows us how to live more fully in the present and participate in experiences fundamental to cultivating hope in the future.

 

Contact Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique