What is the Alexander Technique?

This year’s theme for the International Alexander Awareness week is reducing stress by using the ‘semi supine position’, but the technique has a much wider application than this. It is also ideal for reducing postural related aches and pains.

Here’s the problem.

We habitually over-tighten our muscles in our daily lives. Why do we do this? In today’s fast paced world we all are so busy that we find it difficult to simply stop. The result is we never relax. And the result of this is that we simply exacerbate our aches and pains.

Here’s the solution.


The Alexander Technique teaches us how we can stop doing this to ourselves and instead find a way to look after ourselves in everything that we do. It shows us how to prevent this type of ‘misuse’ and allow for a greater ease

and balance in ourselves.

Its lessons can help you by bringing about a reduction in the amount of tension in over-tightened muscles, enabling a more appropriate distribution of muscle tone, and a resulting improved functioning.

Shine’s theme for October is back pain, back health and posture. The Alexander Technique has a proven reputation for helping people with back pain. Have a look at the following links for more information:

British Medical Journal reports on the positive effects of the Alexander Technique

This video summarises the results of a major back pain study published in the British Medical Journal that showed the Alexander Technique to be highly effective in treating back pain.

Three studies that have found similar findings.
Further independent studies on the impact of Alexander Technique lessons on back pain can be found here.

Anyone can learn the Alexander Technique and to mark Shine October’s theme and this year’s International Alexander Awareness week.

By, Madelene Webb Alexander Technique practitioner at Shine, Church Street.