Alexander Technique at the ATMA® Centre

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique has been around for well over 100 years. It helps us become aware of our psycho-physical habits or movement and stillness. The conscious awareness that awakens in us through practice of Alexander Technique reveals the physical, mental and emotional conditioning that is both unconscious and habitual and thereby restricts our ability to fully experience our lives as integrated, joyful, loving and peaceful human beings.

The Alexander Technique helps develop poise by organizing the body by means of the primary control. This is a very specific and subtle relationship between the head, neck and back.

The British Medical Journal back pain study shows 85% reduction in back pain through lessons in the Alexander Technique. 579 patients were involved in this multi-center clinical trial, which is one of the few major studies to show significant long-term benefits for patients with chronic non-specific low-back pain. One year after the trial started and following 24 Alexander Technique lessons the number of days in pain fell by 85% compared with the control group. The average number of activities limited by back pain had fallen by 42%.

How can I learn?

Introductory Lecture-Demonstrations are a great way to learn about and to get a first taste of the Alexander Technique. The most beneficial way to learn is through private lessons. The work is experiential and done with hands-on by the teacher, and fully clothed. A chair (or meditation cushion), table & mirror are all used in a lesson in order to give feedback and assist in learning.

We also offer full certification in a three year training program. Please see our training course brochure for more information on the program.

Training course class times:

Monday 6:00-9:00 pm

Tuesday 9:00-11:30 am

Wednesday-Friday 8:30-11:30 am