BALANCE AND COORDINATION
When we people are still very young, we move through the world with great ease. As kids we view the world very openly and discover it in a natural way. People who grow up close to the nature maintain this ease and are able to perform physically heavy duties at old age while remaining vital and vigorous. In most modern lives, however, this looks quiet different. We go to school and sit in funny chairs, spend long hours behind screens and learn to cope and live with high levels of stress and a constant lack of time. Ever earlier we get to deal with back pain and similar complaints that are caused by bad posture. Often we start to hunch forward with age, even tough we haven’t worked at physically heavy jobs. In the modern way of life fundamental interferences in our balance and coordination have become very normal.
STOPPING FOR ONE MOMENT
When mature we no longer perceive lifelong habits that are standing in the way of a natural use of the body as something unnatural. We only start noticing the consequences such as shoulder pain, reduced coordination or sensitivity to injuries. To reverse this process we have to look at how we do something, rather than at what we do. How is the way I’m using myself influencing the quality of my activity. With Alexander Technique we learn to observe the way we use our bodies. We learn to reprogramme our nervous system and prevent interferences in balance and coordination. In the lessons this is a practical experience. The first step is to stop for a moment and shift the attention to observing and feeling. With this we start training the fine sensitivity to all kinds of preparatory habits that take place in the body even before we think about wanting to move.
MAKING NEW CHOICES
Inhibiting for a moment is a very powerful tool that creates space and time to make new choices. New choices, for instance, that facilitate a balanced and healthy functioning of body and mind. F.M. Alexander, after whom the technique is named, discovered that interferences with the natural use of the body are always visible in an interference in the relationship between head and neck. Recovering that relationship starts by activating postural reflexes and making the support forces that organise our bodies aware. During the lessons we work on this process in a structured way and you are able to carry on and deepen the practice in between the lessons on your own. On this website you will find more information about this unique method, about the teacher Alexander Technique and the lessons.
The Australian actor F.M. Alexander (1869 – 1955) developed his method at the end of the nineteenth century. Initially, he did this to help himself, as he was dealing with vocal problems for which the doctors knew neither the cause nor the solution. One last advice they gave him was to keep silent for a few weeks prior to performing. This would help, but halfway through the recitations his problem would occur again and Alexander would loose his voice. He then asked the crucial question “is it maybe something I’m doing myself, that’s causing the problem” which he spent the next decade answering. He made major discoveries about balance, coordination and control systems of the body. He then verified these discoveries, continued to research and developed a method to remove interferences with a natural use of the body. This method was named after him and passed on from generation to generation: the Alexander Technique.
LESSONS ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
Teachers of the Alexander Technique are organised in (inter-)national professional associations. The technique has gotten a scientific base and is currently taught as the leading somatic technique on most art academies. A teacher of the Alexander Technique has had a three year intensive training in order to learn and be able to pass on the principles of the technique. When you come for a lesson, you get verbal instructions and hands-on support. You are able to follow the process with your full attention and at the same time your nervous system is informed about it. On this photograph you can see a detail of the work. Under Lessons you will find practical information about the lessons.
FOR WHOM IS THE TECHNIQUE
Alexander Technique helps us establish freedom in breathing, walking, dancing, sitting, presenting, singing etc. For a long time the method was an insider tip under musicians and dancers since they are dealing with ever rising standards and have always needed a way to get better results with less effort. Today a wider audience understands that not what, but how we do something is of primary importance for the efficiency of our actions. When we align our actions with who we are, our engagement in the world becomes more authentic and easy. Alexander Technique is the specialised method that helps people of all ages and professions achieve just that.
THE PERSON BEHIND THE STUDIO
Ivan Lukic teaches Movement & Awareness with the Alexander Technique. He was trained in Nijmegen and is experienced in working with people from all backgrounds and ages. He gives workshops throughout Europe and private lessons in his studios in Amsterdam and Nijmegen. These are a few examples of people he has worked with.
- Office workers
- Parkinson’s Patients
- People with back pain
- People with RSI