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The Alexander Technique is a simple method of re-educating the mind and body to improve movement, balance and coordination. It teaches how thinking becomes response in motion. It is taught by observing one’s own mannerisms while in motion, by training the body’s own sense of location and effort, called the kinaesthetic sense.
The Alexander Technique can be practiced during any activity, making any sort of body motion more efficient. It is most commonly taught in performance schools for dance, acting, circus, music and some Olympic sports. It can also be used remedially to stop stuttering, to improve ergonomics and to obtain full recovery. Its principles are useful in psychology, creative thinking, learning theory and philosophy of coaching.
Freedom of movement will always improve through practise, but depending on the causes of limitation structural posture may or may not improve. Motion is guided with hands-on modelling by the teacher whilst giving subtle indications of timing, direction and coaching.
The frequency of lessons and the speed at which the Alexander Technique is learnt depends on the student’s own motivation to shed old habits. The support from teacher and other students if in a class situation is very important therefore the sampling of a number of teachers is advisable.
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