At Craft of Communication, we have associates experienced in drawing on the principles of the Alexander Technique to help our clients recognise and overcome negative habitual patterns of physical behaviour such as:
- Misaligned Posture
- Self- injuring Movement
- Excessive tension in muscles
- Erratic breathing patterns
- Habitual reactions.
All these can affect performance at work. They can result in physical pain, repetitive injuries and high stress levels. These behaviours can also lead to lack of confidence and under-performance.
The Alexander Technique is a process that enables clients to first, identify and second, change these negative physical behaviours.
How Does The Alexander Technique Work?
1: Identifying Negative Physical Behaviours.
We use Alexander Technique to develop Proprioception. This is our ability to sense and perceive what we are doing with the body.
As we move from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood, we often make unconscious decisions about how to be, and live. These decisions shape our physical, mental approach and attitudes to life. Some of these can become negative cycles.
Developing Proprioception helps us to move away from those unconscious negative habits. Proprioception offers us conscious choice.
2: Changing Negative Physical Behaviours.
The coach guides the client through the process with verbal instruction and gentle hands-on guidance.
They facilitate the client’s ability to become aware of excessive tension, and
the impact of that tension on alignment, breath, stress, and thinking patterns. Building up the ability to release tension is at the root of the change process.
Clients learn how to use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity. This gives them more energy for all their activities.
The beauty of Alexander technique is that it can be used anywhere, at anytime. We encourage our clients to use their new awareness and skills in their everyday life. They report back that practicing Alexander Technique has helped them in their day to day work by enabling them to:
- Remain alert and focused.
- Breathe, move and speak more easily and freely.
- Remain calm in stressful situations.
- Develop authentic confidence.
- Control the impact they want to have on others.
- Reduce stress.
Alexander Technique In The Workplace – Two Examples:
1. In stressful situations (delivering a presentation, running a meeting, managing a Q & A session) the Technique helps clients to
- Organise the perception of the choices available
- Make positive conscious choices
Learning to apply Alexander Technique in this way is empowering, builds confidence and emotional intelligence.
2. Office workers and those with sedentary lifestyles find Alexander Technique of enormous benefit in resolving the daily aches and pains generated by working in front of computers or sitting at desks. As tension is released, muscles relax, breathing improves, oxygen levels rebalance, and the body returns to a more mobile and harmonious state.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Alexander Technique is ideal for anybody who wants to do what they do better, so it is used by people working in a wide variety of professions.
The benefits of the technique have been long understood within the performing arts by dancers, actors and musicians, and it is on the curriculum of the music conservatoire and Drama schools.
It is also used in sports training, particular by athletes, horse riders, gymnasts and martial arts specialists. It is also increasingly used by pregnant women and new mums. Young men use it and so do elderly women. Anyone who has to sit at a desk for long hours – IT specialists, office workers, civil servants – will find that Alexander Technique can make their lives easier.
Alexander Technique is not a treatment; it is a secular physical practice that can be absorbed into everyday life. It re educates the body, which in turn
re balances the mind.
Who Was Alexander?
F M Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor who suffered from voice problems that threatened his career. After being told by doctors there was no medical cause, he realised that the problems must be the result of something he was doing to himself.
Thus he embarked on a ten-year journey of self-exploration.
Alexander discovered that in everything he did, in speaking, moving or even thinking, he was using excessive tension in his body. He worked out how to prevent this distortion or misuse of himself, and as a result his voice problems disappeared and his health improved dramatically.
He also noticed that these negative habitual patterns that he observed in himself were almost universal. He spent many further years creating and perfecting a practical way of passing his discovery on to others. This procedure became known as the Alexander Technique.