" Fumiaki has a very soft but very powerful touch.
I walked out today feeling about 6 inches taller. "

Anne

 

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is a subtle yet powerful way to restore the natural poise we have within.

Through hands on guidance and verbal instruction, students become aware of their lifelong habits and learn to re-establish proper alignment of the body. This process facilitates better coordination and enables the whole body to function more naturally.

This simple and subtle change in the way you use yourself can bring about profound benefits to both your mind and body.
 
People have Alexander Technique lessons for many reasons: back pain, neck and shoulder pain, tension headaches, RSI, and also improving poor posture, music playing skills, horse riding, playing golf and the list goes on. 

Benefits

 
  • Health and well-being

 

As we grow older, we accumulate many harmful habits, such as hunching over a desk. These repeated patterns can cause the spine to become misaligned, affecting many functions of the body, including breathing, digestion, and coordination.

People come to the Alexander Technique for many different reasons.


 

  • Performance

 

Actors, dancers, musicians, public speakers and sports people use the Alexander Technique to improve their performance. It is often taught at performing arts schools and colleges. Whatever the activity, the Alexander Technique teaches you to do it better with ease.





 

  • Self-development


People interested in self-development can use the Alexander Technique for life-long learning.

 

 

Lessons

 

What happens in a lesson?


An Alexander Technique lesson lasts 45 minutes and is usually taught on a one to one basis. There are generally two parts to the lesson. The first is referred to as ‘chair work’. Simple daily movements such as sitting, standing and walking are used to facilitate the proper relationship of the head, neck and back in activity. The second part is called ‘table work’. The student lies on their back on a specially designed table. With the help of teacher, the student learns to release long-held tension while lengthening and widening the back.

Clothing
Please wear loose fitting clothes (no skirts). You will be asked to take your shoes off.

Cancellation policy:
Please give at least 24hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. Missed appointment or cancellation less than 24hours notice will be charged for the lesson.

FM Alexander – How it all started

FM Alexander was born in 1869 in Tasmania. As a child, Alexander showed a great interest in
poetry, especially the works of Shakespeare. His love of reciting and interpretation of the
characters naturally lead him to become an actor. His career went well until he started to develop
a throat problem.

Despite consultations with doctors and voice teachers, his condition worsened and he began to
lose his voice on a regular basis. When offered an attractive reciting job he saw the doctor again.
He reassured Alexander that if he used his voice as little as possible until the recital, he would regain his voice. The doctor’s advice worked but only until he started reciting. The hoarseness returned, and by the end of the performance he could hardly speak.

Alexander consulted the doctor yet again and was told to continue to rest his voice. However Alexander argued that despite following this advice the hoarseness returned as soon as he performed. He concluded that it must be the way he recited that caused the problem. The doctor agreed but could not tell him what he was doing wrong. At that point, Alexander decided to find
out himself and his years of investigation began.

Through lengthy experimentation he discovered that the relationship of the head, neck and back determines the functioning of the whole body. Eventually he was able to break his habitual way of using himself and improved the condition of his throat as well as his general health.

 
 

Get In Touch

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Tel: 0730 5577700

 

Fumiaki Tanaka

Alexander Technique Speace

North London, Exeter & Totnes

Info@fumiakitanaka.com

07305577700

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