AT teaches a balanced physical presence that is mirrored internally while reversely, this inner composure influences our outer appearance. We can learn to drop unconscious or even painful patterns which prevent us from reaching our goals. With an awareness of our movements (even the finest such as those of the breath) we can attain a natural elegance.
Because it is mainly a preventative method, pain is not a pre-requisite to begin studying the Alexander technique. Despite this, many have had the positive experience of loss of stiffness, back trouble, carpal tunnel syndrome or headaches and gain a general sense of well-being and poise. The desire for a sense of ease in one’s own body, or the wish to achieve better results with less effort, are also good reasons to begin studying the Alexander technique. (see links)
The Alexander technique uses conscious thought "directions" combined with the refusal to react habitually "inhibition" to enable free choice. F.M. Alexander clearly understood the connection between the head, neck and back that influences all movement and the entire organism. He called this dynamic relationship "the primary control". The simplest way to explain it is that in humans and animals, the head leads and the body follows. Elegance and poise are recovered when movement follows the body's design, without our self-imposed limitations.
Although Alexander’s discoveries are over 100 years old, they are supported and accredited through today’s scientific understanding of the brain and embodiment. This psycho-physical technique creates a space in which to discover and replace over-tension with freedom and ease in motion and activities.