The key to freedom and ease of motion
This work is all about improvement – about doing whatever you do, only doing it better. It’s the single most powerful tool for change out there … and it’s fun! Australian actor FM Alexander (1869-1955) formulated new principles of thinking and movement different from anything discovered or conceived of before. However, he never referred to his work as the Alexander Technique – he said “How can you name anything that is so comprehensive?”. He just called it ‘the work’. For over a hundred years people have been discovering this amazing constellation of tools and principles. It’s the most wonderful discipline or subject I’ve ever come across. Book yourself in for an introductory lesson and find out for yourself!
Piers Parlett 2017
Improving the 'use' of yourself in a general way can have unlimited benefits. Are you any of these people?
I have poor posture
Poor posture isn’t something that happens to us, but something that we do to ourselves. Students of the Alexander Technique learn to stop causing the unnecessary muscular activity that leads to poor posture. “When you stop doing the wrong thing the right thing does itself” Alexander said.
I want to improve my guitar playing
Musicians often find that their performance improves dramatically in a lesson. Students learn to practice free of strain and the extra freedom and ease of movement translates into a more beautiful sound. Perhaps this is the reason why virtually all the world’s top music academies teach the Alexander Technique.
The Technique works to reduce the excess tension that can be exacerbating or even causing backaches.
I want to improve my public speaking
When we speak in public it is very common for us to have our mind on things that stop us from giving our best performance. Wouldn’t it be better to learn a technique that helps you perform with your whole mind on the activity of speaking?
As you reduce unnecessary muscular activity you also get rid of the thoughts that created it. Alexander students get more clarity to their thinking and as a result feel more relaxed and in control.
I want to improve my tennis
Learning to direct yourself by reasoning instead of moving in stereotypical ways means you create the movements, fresh, each and every time. Movements become easier and shots sweeter. The energy saved from moving more efficiently can be used to raise your game and you’ll stop letting pressure points affect you.
I'm just curious
You don’t have to have a ‘problem’ to gain from the changes in thinking, movement and behaviour that will come if you engage with this work. The mental disciplines that you learn can be taken into every area of your life allowing you improve all your activities.
Secret weapon to the stars
Movie stars and celebrities are in the public eye and many study the Alexander Technique as a way to look good and improve their health and wellbeing, but also as a way to improve their performances.
A performer understands that their ‘self’ is more than just a way to transport them from A to B. It’s their means of making their living. So it’s not surprising that something that can help them learn how to ‘operate themselves’ or function better would be so popular. For sure, performers love having increasingly more physical freedom, improved breathing and vocal use, stronger presence and more authenticity in what they do – it means they can continually ‘raise their game’.
However it’s not just the A-list that can improve from studying the principles, concepts and processes that make up Alexander’s work. We can all experience the benefits that come from thinking differently about ourselves in movement and ‘using’ ourselves better. So whether you want to make your gym work, jogging or yoga more effective, have more poise and presence when you speak in the departmental meeting at work, improve your posture, reduce aching tension or simply just be a freer, happier and more relaxed person, why not discover the Alexander Technique for yourself?
Alexander students from showbiz
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Paul Newman
- Hugh Jackman
- Meryl Streep
- Juliette Binoche
- Keanu Reeves
- Oprah Winfrey
- Tate Donovan
- Hilary Swank
- Patrick Stewart
- Paul McCartney
- Lisa Snowdon
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
- The Duchess of York
- Daniel Radcliffe
- Howard Stern
- Sebastian Coe
- Pierce Brosnan
- Michael Caine
- Gabriel Byrne
- Ben Kingsley
- John Cleese
- Victoria Beckham
- Kenneth Branagh
I find Alexander Technique very useful. Things happen without any effort. Things become light and easy.John Cleese, actor
What happens in a lesson
During day-to-day and specialised activities we don’t move in ways that take full advantage of how our body is designed. So instead of experiencing the ease, lightness and freedom that is our birthright, we often live our lives with unnecessary tiredness, stress and pain. Even when we are aware that our way of doing things isn’t serving us very well, we still tend to eagerly stick to these habitual movement patterns – and this makes any real change very difficult.
In the classes you learn how to break free of your habitual movement patterns. Perhaps you’ll marvel at how easy and beautiful movements become when they are consistent with our design! Gentle manipulation helps you gain physical experience of Alexander’s ideas, and the principle-based approach to movement that you learn can be experimented with at your own pace during your day-to-day activities.
Learning this work opens a doorway to a world of change and improvement. The mental disciplines you develop through the study of how you move in activity can be taken into every area of your life, enabling you achieve more with less effort, be free of stereotypical behaviour, and to increasingly design the life of your dreams.
Piers graduated the four year training of Donald Weed DC in the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) of the Alexander Technique, and is a member of the ITM Teachers Association. To find out more about the ITM, go to www.alexandertechnique-itm.org.
Located in Torrelodones with easy access from Madrid centre.
I teach at my home studio at Calle Cayetano Garcia 1, Torrelodones, Madrid 28250. It is located 2 minutes walk from the station in Torrelodones. The Cercanías trains C-3, C-8 y C-10 run to and from various stations in Madrid.
It is also possible to travel to your home or office.
Alexander Technique is best for backache says new study
Study shows 86% reduction in backache
In a large randomised trial in of 500 back pain sufferers, the time spent in pain was reduced by 86% by studying the Alexander Technique. This was after 24 lessons, but after just six lessons the time spent in pain was almost halved. Significantly, the results were taken a year after the start of the trial, indicating changes were permanent. Not surprisingly, this was big news for the UK’s National Health Service, who funded the trial, because half the British population suffers from back pain in a year. And the study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, is even bigger news for business, since back pain is the second biggest cause of sick leave, causing five million working days lost every year.