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"I have been in pain for over 4 years before I started with Lori and the Alexander Technique (AT). The doctors recommended lower back and neck surgery. I had numerous cortisone shots in my spine and was on heavy pain meds with muscle relaxers and therapy that made it worse. I went to chiropractic, acupuncture and Rolfing. I would lose my voice and have a difficult time breathing (then I realized I need to stop and rest), and it would take a few days before I was up and moving again. With Lori’s help, expertise and training, I am off all my meds and have no major pain unless I push myself too far. Lori helped me get my life back and am very thankful for her passion to help others. Lori is a Godsend and I am very thankful that she is helping me to be more efficient with how to use my body properly and not cause damage. Thank you! -- Jarka M.

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Alexander Technique Lessons FAQ

1. What is the Alexander Technique?
2. Who is F.M. Alexander?
3. What does a lesson consist of?
4. What can the Alexander Technique accomplish?
5. Who studies the Alexander Technique?
6. How is the Alexander Technique taught?
7. Will I be manipulated or massaged?
8. Is it like yoga?
9. Is the technique recognized by the medical profession?
10. What is the cost?

1. What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is an educational process which teaches improved use of the self and helps the student to identify and change poor and inefficient habits which may be causing stress and fatigue. READ MORE...

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2. Who is F.M. Alexander?

F. Matthias Alexander was born in Australia in 1869. He developed his technique in the 1890’s in response to chronic voice problems he had as an actor. He taught his technique in England and in the United States until his death at the age of 86 in 1955. Among his students were George Bernard Shaw, John Dewey and Aldous Huxley. READ MORE...

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3. What does a lesson consist of?

The Alexander teacher analyzes the student’s movement patterns in daily life: walking, sitting, bending, reaching, lifting. As the teacher guides with a gentle touch and verbal instruction, the student learns to replace faulty habits with improved coordination by locating and releasing undue muscular tensions.

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4. What can the Alexander Technique accomplish?

After a course of lessons, the student has been shown how to improve his or her own postural habits. This generally results in greater ease and freedom of movement and increased energy. In some cases, the Alexander Technique can help alleviate pain that has been caused by postural stress. For example, a British medical study published in August 2008 found that Alexander Technique lessons were more effective in treating back pain than normal medical care or massage therapy. More information is available at: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/337/aug19_2/a884.

To watch a video about the Alexander Technique and the back pain study, go to: www.mfreeth.com/movies/7.html.

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5. Who studies the Alexander Technique?

Anyone whose posture, or use of the body in movement, is poor or uncomfortable; people whose occupations can cause bad postural habits such as dentists, carpenters, computer operators, mothers; those with physical problems that have been intensified through faulty body use resulting in pain and fatigue.

Studying the Alexander Technique also has many benefits for performing artists. It helps with voice production, relieving excess tension, dealing with performance anxiety, being in the moment, and playing with fluidity.

It has been used for over 100 years by many artists, educators, and scientists, including:

  • • Julie Andrews, Actor/Singer
  • • Jamie Lee Curtis, Actor
  • • Paul Newman, Actor
  • • Joanne Woodward, Actor
  • • William Hurt, Actor
  • • Kevin Kline, Actor
  • • Daniel Radcliffe, Actor (Harry Potter)
  • • Paul McCartney, Singer/Songwriter
  • • Sting, Musician
  • • Aldous Huxley, Author
  • • John Dewey, Philosopher and Educator
  • • George Bernard Shaw, Playwright
  • • Sir Charles Sherrington, Nobel Laureate Physiology/Medicine

  • The Alexander Technique is recommended by or included in the curricula of:
  • • The Julliard School, New York
  • • New York University
  • • Boston University
  • • Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • • Royal Academy of Music, London

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6. How is the Alexander Technique taught?

Lessons are taught on an individual basis. Some teachers offer group classes and workshops.

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7. Will I be manipulated or massaged?

No. Alexander teachers use their hands in a unique way that is completely different from chiropractors, and physical and massage therapists. Clients remain fully clothed.

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8. Is it like yoga?

No. The technique does not consist of a set of exercises or meditation practices.

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9. Is the technique recognized by the medical profession?

Yes. Doctors recommend it for their patients. Your doctor may not yet know about the Alexander Technique. We will be happy to provide you and your physicians with any information you request. READ MORE...

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10. What is the cost?

See our Alexander Technique Services page.

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