Alexander Technique for Personal TrainersAn Alternative View of Posture
).Some of your clients may ask you about the Alexander Technique and this article should give you a basic understanding as well as help you answer their questions.
An Alternative View of Posture
All personal trainers have seen the plumb line image of perfect posture and also know the proper forms for safe and effective training. However, there is less confidence about how these posturalideas are transferred to daily life and movement because they seem stiff and confining. TheAlexander Technique is different because instead of static positional relationships such as the plumbline, or holding the shoulders in a certain position, it describes proper posture as a release of tensionleading to dynamic oppositional relationships between parts of the body. Think of the springiness of a great athlete, or the ease and openness of a very attractive person who seems fill the space aroundthem, this is what the Alexander Technique seeks to impart. Fans of the Alexander Technique reportmore efficient movement, improved breathing and vocal production, greater strength, and a feelingof ease and lightness.
The Alexander Technique was developed over 100 years ago by an Australian actor named F.M.Alexander (1869-1954). He developed his method after theorizing that poor postural habits of excess tension caused him to lose his voice on stage. Although his technique has mostly existedunder the radar, it has long been popular with classically trained performing artists and manyconservatories offer Alexander classes. The number of certified Alexander teachers and their clientshas also continued to grow. Today, certified Alexander teachers can be found across the UnitedStates.©2009 Leland Vallwww.freeyourneck.com1 of 3