He noticed that when he went to recite he was pulling his head back, depressing the larynx and sucking in the breath through the mouth that produced a gasping sound which all caused his hoarseness but he also noticed some time later, that this was happening in ordinary speech. It is like having back pain while driving a car, but that tension is there to a certain degree when sitting in an ordinary chair or sofa. You will learn to become conscious and recognize your harmful habits, stop and think and consciously choose a response. FM successfully solved his own hoarseness and then began to help others, travelling to England and set up his practice. One of his pupils was George Bernard Shaw, George was suffering so much that he had to be helped up the set of stairs to FM teaching room. FM helped him to recover and afterwards he told FM that the only problem I have is that I am 3 inches taller the clothes I have won’t fit me. George Bernard Shaw lived till an age of 94.
Through the Alexander Technique we become skilled in how we use ourselves in moving, sitting, standing, walking and everything else that you apply the technique to.
Alexander Technique teaches you about body and mind integration. Through the teacher you become aware of your reactions to the stresses of life. Alexander Technique brings calm to the nervous system and educates you about the relationship of the breath and mind when stressed. When we bring the breath deeper and slower into the body with the activation of the diaphragm, it calms the mind. When we are stressed it causes the breathing to be fast and shallow and in the upper chest area and when the breath is shallow and fast, that in turn creates stress. By bringing the mind to calm, coming into relationship with our body and slowing the breath down we become less stressed and also after a time we are better able to cope with the stresses of life as they arise.
I have benefitted so much from lessons with Philip. I am much more engaged with my body and notice habits that were previously automatic.
Under Philip’s assured guidance in ‘hands on’ and online lessons, I have felt an ease and flow in my movements that I never thought possible.
I highly recommend Philip for his knowledge of the Alexander technique. After a few appointments, I could feel the benefits of his teaching.