Alex Proudfoot

MSTAT MBBA CBT/REBT, Hypnotherapy

Using Thinking Methods to Regain Physical & Mental Ease

Lessons & Coaching

MANCHESTER

Tel: 07927 303711

Alex Proudfoot

MSTAT MBBA CBT/REBT, Hypnotherapy

Using Thinking Methods to Regain Physical & Mental Ease

Lessons & Coaching

MANCHESTER

Tel: 07927 303711

Alexander Technique

I am a teacher of the Alexander Technique offering private Alexander lessons in Manchester.

This page is intended to explain a little about what the Alexander Technique is, what it isn’t and how it could help you. However, no amount of written commentary can really explain what the Technique is and how it works. It has to be experienced! That is why I encourage potential students to come along for a trial lesson.

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique (AT) is a powerful tool for change which teaches us to ‘use’ ourselves better. It is helpful in overcoming many of the unhelpful habits (misuse) we may have developed over the years, which can limit our performance in many ways. It is used by all sorts of people from all walks of life. Learners can be specialists who wish to improve their performance and get the best from their chosen specialism or hobby, people with physical discomfort or pain, people dealing with stress, or just people who have a feeling that they are not as poised, balanced or co-ordinated as they would like to be. Those who have disability, are wheelchair bound or have suffered a stroke also learn the technique to improve their freedom of movement.

Where did it come from?

Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869–1955) was an Australian actor and reciter who developed voice problems during performances to such an extent his career was threatened. After several years of patient observation and experiment, he developed a new approach to co-ordination and movement. In doing so he not only cleared up his vocal problems, but also brought about a remarkable improvement in his general health.

What is so special about the Alexander Technique?

There are three main principles of the Alexander Technique to support freedom of movement. These are observation, inhibition and direction. The term inhibition here refers to being able to pause or stop and not automatically follow stimulus with a habit pattern. This technique is the only experiential method that I know where we learn the skill of being able to stop momentarily before carrying out an intended action; and then give ‘directions’ in order to provide the conditions for ease of movement that can then follow. These directions are to lengthen and widen the stature, which frees up the joints and facilitates the desired movement.

In this regard it is you who learns to work on your own body. What this means in the long run is, to whatever level of skill you wish to learn, the teacher’s service becomes redundant! You as the student carry this skill throughout your life. You may stop driving a car, you may stop singing, you may stop riding a bike, but you don’t stop living in your body.

Other processes which work on the body, such as massage, osteopathy and chiropractic, may seem similar but they are not in fact. These require a ‘therapist ‘ to work on your body and the effect is usually required to be repeated by the therapist to maintain the benefit. Alexander work is education, rather than therapy. It is taught; and you can learn to apply it for yourself throughout your life.

What it is not?

The Alexander Technique is not a system of exercise. However, you may benefit from an opportunity to practise giving appropriate directions in certain activities.

There are a number of activities carried out in a lesson that are termed ‘directed activities’ or games. The purpose of these in AT is not to repeat muscular contractions in order to tone a set of muscles, but instead to practise using mind-skills to observe, ‘stop’ or ‘pause’ and direct. This practise gradually improves our facility in these mind-skills, which can then be transferred to absolutely any activity you choose.

Contact

07927 303711
alex@coordinate-align.me.uk

Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation

Practice Location

The Clockworks
93 Princess Road
MANCHESTER
M14 4BR