Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Alexander Technique like massage or chiropractic?
The Alexander Technique is an educational process, not a therapy. You learn tools to help yourself in the tasks of everyday life. It complements therapeutic modalities in engaging your awareness of your habits and the means to stop them. Alexander teachers do not stroke, massage or manipulate, but use touch in a gentle, non-invasive manner.
Is it an exercise technique?
No. A teacher guides the student through the tasks of day-to-day living. The emphasis is on paying attention to yourself throughout the day rather than just during the short time you are exercising. I work with my students applying the Alexander principles to their exercise plan such as walking, yoga, running, tennis, golf, etc., so that they use themselves safely and effectively and limit the risk of injury.
Is the Technique recognized by the medical profession?
Yes. Physicians, researchers, and allied health professionals are aware of its benefits and are recommending it to their patients. An increasing number of my referrals are from health professionals. A compilation of published medical research on the Alexander Technique is now available. I would be happy to provide your doctor with information at his/her request.
Can I learn the Technique without a teacher?
No. A teacher’s keen observation skills and highly skilled hands are necessary to help you recognize your habits and to guide you in non-habitual ways of using your body. The goal, however, is to provide you with the tools so that you can work on your own right away.
Is there a spiritual or religious basis for the Alexander Technique?
No. The technique is based on Alexander’s discovery of the relationship of the head, neck and torso which is substantiated through scientific research. It has roots in physics, anatomy, kinesiology and neurology.