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Is it useful learning Alexander Technique at School and if so, why?

Every now and then I check in with the school children I teach to find out what they are learning from Alexander Technique. Here are some answers from class –


‘It is useful learning Alexander Technique at school because it teaches me how to go from really hyper to really relaxed quickly. It helps me stay calm and not react. When I do sports and things it helps me not get aches and pains. It also keeps me calm for exams, because I can switch off nervousness and get focussed instead.’ Alisia, age 13


‘My mum’s started to say my posture is better and I notice in the mirror I am not slouching.’ Josie, age 13


‘It trains your mind whilst you are still learning so you can get into good habits while you are still young.’ Anna, age 13


‘It’s changing habits for the younger generation, so that they don’t inherit the previous generations flaws. It is good to start at a young age at high school because we then have guidance as to what will benefit you most, what is right for you, which makes it easier to live a day to day life.’ Josie, age 13


‘Alexander Technique helps you let go. It gives you another perspective. So it is not so stressful dealing with annoying people at school, or people who find you annoying.’ Josie, age 13


‘It slows everything down and helps you appreciate every second. You notice everything, all the senses and sounds. Maisie, age 14


‘School is stressful and when you do Alexander Technique it helps you remember how calm and open you can be.’  Esme, age 13


‘If you have done Alexander Technque in a room in the school and then you go back into it another time the room reminds you to feel calm. That is why it is good doing it in school.’ Josie, age 13


‘You feel more responsible for your body and you get the gist of how it works more. That makes you feel safer and more comfortable.’ Marie age 14


‘I find I concentrate more after Alexander Technique and stay focussed in class. I find  am kinder and nicer to people after doing Alexander Technique.’ Xander age 13


‘It is tiring and busy at school. Alexander Technique gives you half a period to put things into perspective and think about keeping yourself healthy. It doesn’t take long in Alexander Technique but it helps it make possible all the things we have to do. I get better results when I take a break and gather my thoughts.  Xander age 13


‘It helps you concentrate. It helps you learn a different way of learning.’ Mika, age 14


‘It’s fun learning about your body.’ Lucy, age 14


‘It teaches you awareness, it helps you pay attention and listen to your body and be in the moment. It helps you let go and unwind.’ Dominic, age 14


‘It makes me think about things I’ve never thought about before about my body. It makes me aware of myself which is useful because it makes me more interested in how I am.’ Stephanie, age 15


‘I think Alexander Technique helps you mentally and physically. For example, if you have aches – people don’t realise that it is yourself that is making it happen!

It makes you self aware with your interactions with other people and your interactions with yourself. It makes you strong minded or strong willed enough to stand your ground when you are confronted with people or situations that can be tricky or difficult to deal with, especially at school when there is the stress of peer pressure.’ Hannah, age 16


‘It helps me be less reactive. You become more open minded to new ideas and different ideas, rather than saying ‘no that won’t work.’ You don’t jump to conclusions as easily. Esme, age 13


‘It helps you be more comfortable with your decisions.’ Dominic, age 14


‘I helps with your confidence speaking to people, you look and feel more confident.’ Mika, age 15


‘When I open up my body, I open up my mind’ Xander, age 13


If you are interested in Alexander Technique for your children, here are two things that I have produced that may be of interest


Body Magic, audio download for semi supine

The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods, a colouring story book



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