“What is the Alexander Technique?” is a question I am often asked, so a few weeks ago I wrote a blog giving fifteen simple, one-sentence descriptions of the Alexander Technique. I’ve been posting these, and others, on my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages to help people understand in a simple way what the Alexander Technique is about. As a follow up to my initial blog, here are ten more that I’ve come up with, or collected, since then.
- Alexander Technique is a simple, intelligent way to relieve the pain and stress caused by everyday misuse of your body.
- Alexander Technique provides a way to be present and mindful whatever you are doing.
- Alexander Technique is a unique and thoughtful way to solve harmful habits of tension, compression and reaction.
- Alexander Technique provides a natural way to relieve and prevent pain.
- Alexander Technique is a way to reduce strain and muscular tension, and prevent injury.
- Alexander Technique is a way to improve posture and body mechanics by letting go of unnecessary tension.
- Alexander Technique is a way to enhance your performance – at work, at home, on stage or at the gym.
- Alexander Technique is a way to manage stress.
- Alexander Technique is a way to improve confidence and self-control in all that you do.
- Alexander Technique is a way to enjoy greater mind/body awareness.
I believe there is something very useful about attempting to distill an idea to its essence – stating something very simply and succinctly. It might not tell you everything, but it gives you an idea of what something is about. If you don’t know much about the Alexander Technique, did you find reading these helpful in giving you an idea of what the Alexander Technique is about? And which one/s particularly piqued your interest?
If you’re familiar with the Alexander Technique, which do you most identify with? Or do you have a simple way you like to describe the Alexander Technique to others?
As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.