Alexander Technique in Armonk
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At its most basic level, the Alexander Technique is a method for redistributing muscle tone to ease the excess strain we put on our bodies and minds. It is that simple in principle, but not so easy to put into practice, because it amounts to unlearning the habits of a lifetime. Physical in execution, at its most fundamental level it is a predominantly mental discipline.
We reflect everything in muscle tension, including our thoughts, intentions, and reactions. Frequently enough repeated, or sufficiently dramatic in impact, our experiences result in muscular holding, creating an unnoticed form of clenching or cringing that becomes as unconscious as it is habitual. We are no longer aware of what we are doing to ourselves, retracting physically and emotionally in the name of pulling ourselves together.
Beginning to release the excessive tensing that has kept us from feeling enhances self-awareness, enabling us to catch ourselves in the act of reinstating those subliminal contractions, to stop, and to choose to undo them. This leads to an ever-releasing spiral of expansiveness, both physical and emotional. What form this takes depends on the individual.
In lessons, a student learns to undo unconscious patterns of chronic muscular tension and to rechannel that interference as energetically efficient effort. Through gentle one-on-one manual guidance and verbal instruction, one learns how to access the spontaneous coordination and alignment that can facilitate everything we do, from complex performance to being grounded and present in the moment.
- The Alexander Technique can be used to restore balance and reduce tension in order to:
- help manage physical issues and minimize pain
- enhance performance in the arts, sports, and skilled occupations
- cultivate focus, clarity, and calm
- For further information see: www.alexandertechniqueinarmonk.com
From 684 go S on Rte 22, making a R at the 1st light onto Maple Ave and a R at the next light onto Bedford Rd. The cottage is on the L on the corner just past MacDonald Ave, the 1st street on the L.