The Alexander Technique and Happiness

I think F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), the developer of the Alexander Technique, would be fascinated by the emerging evidence of how thinking affects our brain, how our brain affects our body, and how our body affects our brain. Detailed brain imagery demonstrates that thinking is not a purely mental process; it is physical as well. Measurable, physical changes occur in our brains 'just' by thinking. In other words, we don't just think. We change our brains, in function and structure, with our minds and bodies...

Happier Holidays

Can the Alexander Technique and Alexander Technique lessons help us with the stress of the holidays, 2011 style? Absolutely, especially when we remember that the stress isn't the problem. The real problem is how we handle the stress, and the manifestations of the stress. Stress has symptoms. Our body tells us we're stressed because our breathing gets shallow, our hearts race and our muscles contract. We tighten our necks, bringing our head back and down which could be a result of our habitual startle response...

The Alexander Technique, Freedom, And Happiness

The Alexander Technique has a unique way of addressing body/mind unity. Although this forward was written significantly before detailed brain imagery and the advances of neuroscience and embodied neuroscience, much of what Aldous Huxley writes here, and what F.M. Alexander wrote, has been shown to be accurate. "Bodily states affect mental states." The Alexander Technique, at a minimum, works with one's bodily states. The Alexander Technique liberates one from "the systematic oppression of his bad habits...

Healing Back Pain And The Alexander Technique

Most Alexander Technique teachers avoid delving deeply into the psychological aspects of back pain and neck pain. As Alexander Technique teachers, we are usually more concerned with how we use ourselves, body and mind. Alexander teachers help their students replace harmful postural habits with beneficial ones, and teach how to use Alexander Technique principles in any circumstance. There are various causes of back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, and it stands to reason that negative emotions could be one. Dr. John Sarno, in his book 'Healing Back Pain', indicates that "tension myositis syndrome, or TMS, is the major cause of the common syndromes of pain involving the neck, shoulders, back, buttocks and limbs.
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