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What is the Alexander Technique? 12 – 14 Year Olds Answer

What is the Alexander Technique?’


12 year olds 


‘I wear glasses, it is a bit like that. I have to clean my glasses so I can see. If I do Alexander Technique it gets my body clearer.’ Marcello


‘It’s like opening up a new world, new ideas, a different way to do things and think about things.

Every time I see myself doing a habit, like putting my hands in my pockets, I stop and do the right thing and it feels better.’ – Sid


‘A way to be free and feel a bit more open and keep your body moving in the way it should’ Elian


‘It helps you learn how to make sure your body doesn’t get all stiff as you get older by, for example, how to rehydrate your intervertebral discs and by teaching us how to take care of our bones and things.’ Edward


‘It teaches how to be at ease with yourself’ Amalie


‘It helps you have a good stance and keep your body in shape.’ Scott


13 year olds 


‘Alexander Technique is like being wirelessly charged. You can just charge up anywhere by plugging into the space and forward and up’ Xander


‘Its a form of letting go, all the tension is released and not part of me, for example I notice when I get annoyed my neck gets tight.’ Amelia


‘It is something constant that keeps you sane. With it running in the background all the time you have a  kind of level, it keeps you level. And when you are completely focussed on it, like in semi supine, you can put everything else to the side (it is still there, you haven’t forgotten about it) but when you come back you maybe have a different view of it.’ Esme


‘When you walk around school you are like a fizzing snow globe and when you lie down it all floats to the bottom.’ Xander


‘It’s a chance to be yourself, you true self, not the one that is stuck or has bad habits, but the real you. It’s like finding your inner queen’. Alicia


‘It is finding a way to be calm and not full of stress and stuff. You can be who you want to be and not who other people want you to be.’ Josie


14 year olds


‘Alexander Technique is being mindful about your body and knowing the mindfulness of your body. Mindful can be letting bad thoughts out of your body, not being tense and having balance and poise. It’s how to cater for your body and how it wants to be. It teaches you how to release physical pain and mental stress which can be interlinked. Even if I try to think about Alexander Technique in my every day life there is still a build up of tension by the time I get to Tuesday. It’s getting less though.’ Lucy


‘It is a way of thinking about the mind and our place in the world. It helps you know your body and understand your thinkings influence’. Mika


‘Alexander Technique helps you have a good perspective on life and how to deal with situations, developing a thoughtful mindset and attitude and how to channel emotions – knowing when to let go and when to be more confident with yourself. It helps you understand other people and then get a different outlook and be able to put yourself in their shoes. When you lie down and let go you free all the negative things and have better vibes.’ Anna


It makes you feel more positive. Sometimes things can feel overwhelming. When you take a few minutes out of the day and become more aware it helps everything become more bite sized. It makes you better at being better because when your doing anything you can think a bit of Alexander Technique and it just does its thing and you’re like ‘Cool!’ ‘ Maisie


Alexander Technique doesn’t take a lot to get the gist of. It’s more about the attitude you have and letting yourself understand there is a bigger variety of things you can do it with. You can tell anyone what Alexander Technique is, but it takes a lot of open mindedness to really understand it. It’s really helpful and useful and has lots of uses to it but it is really how you use it and process it in your mind that is important. It doesn’t take much time to have that moment to just listen up a little bit and let go.’ Marie


Is it useful to learn the Alexander Technique at school?


12 year olds


‘Yes, because pretty much what you do all day at school is sit down and slump. So Alexander Technique helps that habit disappear. I enjoy Alexander Technique and feel a lot happier so I don’t need to slump, but sometimes when I am in a bad mood I can’t resist slumping down. We all have bad days sometimes’. Elian


‘All the other lessons have rules and in AT there are still rules but it’s different because this is more focussing on me rather than learning about things and facts. This is learning about how we are made up and bones and stuff and how it works.’ Marcello


It helps you in your future life a lot as you know a lot of information about your bones and muscles and know how to control your body and look after yourself.  Elian


Yes, it is really fun. If you’re in say a bad mood you come to Alexander Technique and you feel different and a lot calmer and ready for the rest of the day. It’s definitely making me feel more confident. I do get nervous, especially before performing, but then I think to myself what is the worse thing that can happen it will be over soon and then I use the Alexander Technique and it helps me be calm. It is a different kind of confidence thinking forward and up and it feels like things will go well if I keep thinking forward and up.’ Sid


13 year olds 


‘Yes! It is fun and interesting. It is a high point in the day. Its an essential!’ Xander


You stop and think and stop worrying and find space to think. It is almost like taking time out gives you more time. Esme


It’s that one part of the day when you can just stop and let go. It also helps having a nice teacher! Write that down miss!’ Amelia


It is useful to learn Alexander Technique at school and get in the habit of letting go because some people are just so stressed it becomes their life.

I recognise in myself now that I have been too hyper and that is not a nice character. I’ve learned to pause and have more self control. I put myself in the mindset before a class to be calm.’ Xander


Specifically at high school there is a lot of pressure on students to always be focussed and study and do homework but Alexander Technique is time to yourself to focus and breath and sort out everything in your mind. It’s a skill to focus on one thing at once by clearing everything out of your mind.’ Esme


Yes, it is fun! It is probably useful to everyone and it relates to every thing.’ Josie


‘It relates to a lot of students lives because a lot of students are not free and confident in themselves. It helps not only yourself but it helps you understand other people and where they are coming from. It makes you more aware of your surroundings and yourself. You only have one body for the rest of your life so it is useful to learn how to look after it properly.’ Alicia


14 year olds 


‘It helps me understand myself, my strengths and weaknesses. School is quite a stressful place so it is useful to have a skill like this to help you.’ Anna


If I am nervous in a situation thinking forward and up helps me calm down. School is stressful for a lot of people so Alexander Technique helps stop that extra stress that comes when you hunch over. If you don’t learn it at high school when do you learn it? Primary school seems to young and by the time you leave school its almost too late, because if you have a habit now you’ve got that habit.’ Mika


‘Because school is most of our day and our interactions are mainly with people of our own age Alexander Technique is useful because it gives you a shared language that helps you feel more comfortable around people and if everyone is like that it creates a good feeling.  It is good having a strong yes or no. This helps you connect with people and have a better relationship. Teens minds are more malleable so influencing them with positive thinking is a really positive thing to do because it’s more likely to influence them and their relationships for the rest of their lives.’ Dom


‘It helps me feel comfortable in my own body and know why I should feel comfortable’ Lucy









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