10 Principles of Alexander Technique that are life-changing

1. Dynamism

When you learn these Alexander Technique principles, you with learn the difference between using too much tension and having a softly toned body that is ready for anything you would like to do – it is not about being relaxed, it is about being more dynamic.

2. The mind, body, and spirit are one – you cannot look after them separately

If your body aches you are miserable: If your mind is troubled your body collapses. If your body or mind is troubled, your joy for life (your spirit) leaves you, so learn to look after yourself (mind, body and spirit).

3. Body Mapping – develop curiosity into how you are structured and how you could move with more ease

Learn to look after yourself by thinking about how you are designed and question your present belief systems. (I limp, because it’s the way I am, I inherited this from my mother…)

4. Adopt the discipline of STOP (Prevent your habitual response and use your thinking to change and improve the way you move)

Stopping prior to carrying out an activity provides a small space in time. You are then able to prevent your regular way of thinking or moving and to discover something easier and more beneficial.

5. Whilst STOPPING, learn how to DIRECT your thoughts

Directing your thinking via your neuromuscular system enables you to consciously choose how you react (to a stimulus), preventing your automatic habitual response from taking over.

6. Use affects function

We are not machines that stop functioning if used inappropriately. Our bodies will adapt to what we ask them to do, and this often develops into an imbalance in the body, which can cause injury. Learn how to apply your new knowledge to use your body in a way that prevents injury.

7. End gaining

We are always looking at what we want to achieve, but not how we can get there. Enjoy the process and appreciate the journey by treating yourself kindly along the way.

8. Faulty Sensory Appreciation

How we habitually respond to something, feels right. So, as we learn to move and think differently, it may initially feel all wrong. This is referred to as “faulty sensory appreciation.” If we learn to accept this and adopt a new pattern of thinking and movement, we may find that, as the tension releases “the right thing does itself”.

9. Curiosity and willingness to change

Stopping a while, and not rushing through life at a rate of knots, will enable you to develop a curiosity as to how the body moves and why you over-react to stimuli that are thrown at you.

10. The breath moves and infiltrates the whole body

You can breathe more freely and effectively and develop a calmer persona. You learn to notice that the breath happens without having to ‘do’ anything… that you are breathed. Your thoughts and actions can interfere with your breathing and affect your poise. You learn to leave yourself alone.

Calm the mind, still the body, lift the spirit.

Calm the body, still the mind, lift the spirit.

If you would like to learn more about these 10 Principles of Alexander Technique, there are 2 new courses starting in January which explore these principles in much more detail:

Broadhempston Course – 10 Principles of Alexander Technique

Denbury Course – 10 Principles of Alexander Technique