The Alexander Technique

Angelique Swallow
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My talks will reveal how learning the #AlexanderTechnique will help you to build up physical and emotional resilience. To understand and recognise how every aspect of our lives, at work, rest, or play is governed by our habitual use of movement, thinking and behaviour can truly be empowering and changes the way you see yourself and the world around you.

During our development from childhood into adulthood, we all create helpful and harmful patterns of use and both are over time mainly performed unconsciously. It is for that reason, we only notice the harmful patterns when we start to stop feeling at ease, experience back or neck pain, headaches, migraines, or just a feeling of not being in control. Many of these common discomforts can gradually lead to poor motivation, low self-esteem, and even depression.

There is now an even greater need to teach adults and children how to prevent or change harmful use, which can affect not just our health, but also our emotional wellbeing.

If we are prepared to learn to recognise and change these undesirable habits, we can conquer many modern times challenges. Practicing the Alexander Technique also makes the most mundane daily tasks enjoyable again.

The Alexander Technique will teach you how to sit, stand, walk and talk with ease. It will help you to avoid unnecessary muscular tension and strains in all your daily activities. It will teach you how to free yourself from the undesirable reactions to the challenging stimuli in life, so that you can once again experience the freedom of movement and thinking nature intended.

The first part of my talk is theoretical and will explore Alexander’s scientific discoveries. He was truly one of the great modern pioneers who understood the importance of the psycho-physical unity. Treating the body & mind as a unit is key to understanding how we create harmful habits and the impact these have on our daily lives.

The second part is practical. We will explore how to learn to move to our best mechanical advantage, develop a better understanding of anatomy and experimenting with how to inhibit the unconscious habits that impedes our best functioning.

“Change involves carrying out an activity against the habit of life".

"You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual, into muscular tension." F. M. Alexander

I'm an Alexander Technique teacher who feels very passionately about sharing the knowledge and understanding of FM Alexander’s scientific discoveries. For that reason, I give regular talks both in the UK and abroad, to promote better awareness of the many benefits the Alexander Technique can provide, not only to the individual but also to society.

My talks are suitable for everybody who is genuine interested in understanding the use of the self. I also give talks to:

  1. Small or large organisations with an interest in understanding how undesirable habits can affect the way we move, think and behave.
  2. Corporations to demonstrate how AT can help raise workplace moral, improve productivity and reduce absenteeism.
  3. Organisations who are involved in educating children and adults.
  4. Secondary Schools to Universities to demonstrate how good and harmful habits will affect their future development.

I like to think that my talks are not just informative, but also visual and entertaining.