As a mover, your body is the main tool you work with. Alexander Technique can help you deepen your understanding of the anatomical fundaments of balance and coordination. The relationship between your head and the spine is of primary importance for a healthy use of the body and interferences with this relationship are very common. Recovering that fine balance of the head on top of the spine will restore healthy coordination of the whole of your body, you will move more efficiently and your movement will communicate more.
This process starts by activating the support forces that come into the body from the ground and organize the posture effortlessly through the bones. This is the Support System of the Alexander Technique. The next step is to address the big muscles that are closer to the surface and more visible. These muscles are not designed to hold us and releasing them will allow the supporting reflexes to function at an even deeper level. The big muscles will become more available for their designated function: to move us through space.
The anatomical approach that we choose with the Alexander Technique gives an immediate access to the system. It is a process of allowing rather then doing that brings positive change in posture and quality of movement. Experience proves that performing artists are very well able to translate the principles to their practice of dancing, acting etc. The technique will help you establish ease of movement, but also freedom of expression. Breaking with habitual patterns will make you more available to be and express yourself in a more authentic way.
FROM STILLNESS INTO MOTION
Just like Alexander did when developing his method, we stop before going into action. Taking a moment to make sure that we are not initiating the movement from a habitual organisation of the body. This is what we call inhibition, a very aware and active moment of consciousness where we choose not to prepare. We break patterns and then start giving the body natural directions, making choices that support the balanced and undisrupted coordination of a dynamic posture. Dancers are very good at translating this into their movement practice. This .gif shows a MMA fighter who has had great success after choosing an approach of conscious training and body-mind techniques. One of the things I often work on with dancers, is to
activate postural reflexes equally through the arms as through the legs. We see those very well at work with Conor McGregor (see below) as he keeps his head connected to his foot during the rotation and then really transforms into a four footed animal, becoming a lizard. With Alexander Technique we slow down and create space internally so as to start and continue any action from a point of release and make it more powerful.
BACKGROUND AND PRACTICAL EXAMPLES
Everyone who wants to experience more ease in his or her body, should take classes in Alexander Technique. These are just a few examples of how this method is extraordinarily valuable to specific professions.