Frank Kennedy - Alexander Technique Consultant




Q. What is the Alexander Technique?

A. The Alexander Technique teaches people to consciously release tense muscles, improve posture and perform daily activities with poise, calm and confidence. Being conscious of our actions and re-actions in daily life is a powerful tool in managing stress.

Q. What are the benefits?

A. The Alexander Technique helps millions of people to release muscle tension, improve posture and relieve persistent pain. It is particularly effective in preventing and alleviating stress or anxiety or other conditions such as neck, joint and back pain.

Q. How does it work?

A. The Alexander Technique is taught one to one in ½ hour lessons. By gentle hands on contact tense muscles are released, posture is improved and a person is guided in how to perform daily activities with ease and coordination.

During lessons people discover a new ease of movement and increased energy. They may even gain as much as an inch in height as their spines become less compressed.

No exercises are involved, the technique aims to get to the root of problems, by helping people identify and then prevent harmful postural habits that may be the cause of stress, pain and poor performance.

Q. What can I expect from my first lesson?

A. The lesson will focus on individual requirements. By a gentle process tense muscles are released, posture is improved and a person is guided in how to sit, stand, walk without straining the body.

Lessons in the Alexander Technique are relaxing and energising and are tailored to individual needs.

Q. How many lessons are required?

A. In a recent scientific study into the Alexander Technique and chronic back pain people gained considerable benefit from six lessons, however most benefit was gained from twenty four lessons spaced over some months.

Q. Lesson cost?

A. The cost of a lesson is similar to the cost of a physiotherapy session.

Q. Is the Alexander Technique a form of Alternative Therapy?

A. No the Alexander Technique comes under the umbrella of education. Through increased awareness the Technique teaches people how to stop straining their body when performing daily activity.

Q. What do I wear to a lesson?

A. Comfortable clothing is recommended. People are asked to remove shoes but otherwise remain fully clothed.

Q. How is the Alexander Technique different from Yoga or Pilates?

A. The Alexander Technique is different in the sense that it is not an exercise regime and it is not a therapy.

The Alexander Technique teaches people how to consciously release tense muscles and to perform daily activities with good posture and movement.

Good posture and movement insures that the body is flexible and free in all activity.

Q. Who was F.M. Alexander?

F.M. Alexander was born in Tasmania. He was an aspiring actor until his voice began to break up on stage. As his condition did not respond to medical treatment, he began to suspect that he might be straining his voice when performing.
In an effort to discover what he was doing wrong he began to observe himself in mirrors, first when speaking ordinarily then when performing, noting any physical difference between the two.
From these pains-taking observations carried out over many years Alexander developed a Technique, which not only solved his voice problem but also brought about a remarkable improvement in his general health.
Fellow actors began to come to him for help with their problems then doctors began to refer patients to him. In 1904, Alexander was encouraged to go to London to gain further recognition for his work from where his Technique spread worldwide.