“F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor who began to experience chronic laryngitis whenever he performed. When his doctors could not help him, Alexander discovered a solution on his own. He had not been aware that excess tension in his neck and body were causing his problems, and began to find new ways to speak and move with greater ease.
His health improved to such an extent that his friends and several of the doctors he had consulted earlier persuaded him to teach others what he had learned. Over a career span of more than fifty years, he refined his method of instruction. After teaching for over 35 years, he began to train teachers in what has now become known as the Alexander Technique.
The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities…” From The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique website
“The Alexander Technique is an intelligent way to solve body problems.” - So begins an excellent article-length introduction to the Technique. Read this article.
At Playhouse Pilates, we are huge fans of the Alexander Technique. Owner, Charlyn d’Anconia was first introduced to the technique in 1993 as part of her Acting training with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has been practicing and studying it ever since. This technique for living with ease and strength greatly informs Charlyn’s personal approach to her own health as well as her movement/Pilates teaching style. Though she is not a certified Alexander Teacher she did apprentice with Alexander Teacher, Anni Durham in London, U.K. from 1994-1995. Please use the links embedded in this page to learn more about this simple, powerful and effective technique and learn how to find an instructor local to you.