The F. M. Alexander Technique
I graduated in 1983 as one of the first teachers of the F.M. Alexander Technique in German after a three year intensive study and over 1600 of training. Many years later, when I lived in Switzerland I worked on the board of directors of the Swiss Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (SVLAT) and was responsible for the the quality of training of the Swiss schools for the Alexander Technique. Alexander Technique the basis for all my teachings, dancing and body work.
What is the Alexander technique?
The Technique teaches us the skillful "use of the self", i.e. how we use ourselves when moving, resting, breathing, learning, organizing our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, choosing our reactions to increasingly demanding situations. Changes brought about by good habits of diet and exercise are well understood. The long-term effects of good habits of the "use of the self" are less well known, but equally life-changing. You learn to become aware of, and then gradually strip away, the habits of movement, tension and reaction that interfere with natural and healthy coordination.
Numerous scientific studies have been performed that underline the beneficial impact of the Alexander Technique:
"I am a huge fan of the Alexander Technique, and I was so delighted to discover Sylvia was offering lessons here in Naples. I grow a little bit with every lesson. I particularly appreciate Sylvia's buoyant energy and sunny humor."
--Jean Moroney, President, Thinking Directions, Naples, FL
When I noticed that years of repetitive poor movements - while working at the computer - and general bad posture were starting to take a toll with neck strain and headaches and after moving to Southwest Florida, it was been a huge blessing to find Sylvia teaching in the area!
Sylvia is extremely knowledgable about the mind-body connection and she has a gentle and joyful approach to the lessons. Sylvia's teaching style and insights have made it easier for me to slowly unlearn some bad habits and reinforce/realign myself to a more natural and efficient way of moving and thinking. Additionally, Sylvia offers lessons in other complimentary activities such as rebounding and self-inquiry. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with Sylvia as she guides me along this exploratory journey. I highly recommend her lessons to anyone looking to learn!
Diana W. Ave Maria, FL
A method of re-education
As a child each of us had an excellent use of the body. This knowledge is still in us. Through the Alexander Technique we re-access this knowledge. In this regards re-education is "dropping the behavior that sits on top of" our inherent excellent use of the body, that what we practiced as a child.
Balanced body, balanced mind
Coordination and poise rely on the natural balance of the head, neck and back, what F M Alexander called “the primary control”. The Technique works through re-establishing this natural balance to promote easy upright posture and efficient functioning, body and mind. The Alexander Technique is a subtle and thoughtful discipline, but essentially practical and problem-solving.