"The following benefits may seem too much to claim for one body of work, but the claim is founded on 120 years of practice and documentation. Study with a qualified teacher, put sufficient time into lessons, practice on your own, and you can expect most of the benefits to follow. It's not unusual for a teacher to hear from a pupil, "I just didn't know I worked this well!"
Growth and change are dependent on the control of reaction. The more we act and re-act in the same way to stimuli, the more likely we are to continue to act and re-act that way. Alexander predicted that the modern world would only make increasing demands on individuals and that we would need increased self-control to deal well with this rapidly changing world. Far from being a 'philosophy, creed or dictates for living', what's offered in lessons are real technical practices in aid of impulse control and information processing. It is, first and foremost, a practice that enhances one's ability to stop and think. The Alexander Technique doesn't tell you what to think, but rather how to modulate habitual behavior in the moment and produce more favorable outcomes: ones that are more suited to the current situation, decrease stress, and foster health and well-being.
Pain management/ stress relief
There is a growing body of evidence that the practice of the Alexander Technique can relieve musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. One of the best analogies is that if you drive a car badly, it breaks down faster. Alexander introduced the idea of "use" to a discussion of human functioning. You improve your use during lessons, and therefore reduce wear and tear on tissue and joints. Herein lies the uniqueness of the Alexander Technique: by gaining more control over your manner of reaction, and crafting more conscious, reasoned responses to your experiences and impulses, you can catch the over-automation and stress at its most important moment; the moment of acting and re-acting.
From its beginning, the Alexander Technique has been of interest to those seeking health benefits and those pursuing performance careers. Often, it is loss of functioning, as in Alexander's own loss of voice, that brings performers to lessons, but it can also include performance anxiety, which brings us back to the control of reaction. Many of us suspect, or hope, that we are capable of more than we've achieved up to this moment. We want to keep going. Who couldn't benefit from having a reliable method for enhancing adaptability?"
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