Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a form of massage therapy that incorporates the Alexander principles. During a session, the practitioner teaches the client the skills to recognize and change harmful habits that create unnecessary tension, illness and aches and pains throughout the body.

Learning to become aware of bad habits like slouching and tensing up in response to physical and mental strains are examples of mindfulness that is taught to help us choose our reactions to demanding situations.

The Alexander Technique was developed by F. M. Alexander, an Australian actor. He suffered from laryngitis after performances and realized the tension in his neck and body were causing his problems. He taught himself to speak and move with greater ease. He learned that the natural balance of the head, neck and back were necessary for good coordination and posture. He labeled this “the primary control.” He developed a technique teaching how to re-establish this natural balance in order to develop easy and correct posture.

The Alexander Technique is a gentle, hands-on massage technique that helps the client see where his or her tension patterns are and how it feels to be relaxed. The practitioner points out where they are holding their tension, for example the head, neck or shoulders. The client is assisted in learning how to perform simple activities such as sitting, standing and walking without unnecessary muscle tension.

    The Alexander Technique is helpful in the management of many conditions including:

    • Head, neck, and shoulder pain
    • Vocal disorders
    • Asthma
    • Anxiety
    • Tension headaches
    • Injury and stroke rehabilitation
    • Multiple sclerosis

    For more information on how the Alexander Technique can help you, contact a registered massage therapist with Alexander Technique training.

Specific Techniques


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