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New York Center's Interview with the New York Times

British Medical Journal Study



Stabililty and Balance: letting go of balance to find it

How Not To Concentrate

The Paradoxes of Breathing

New York City Location and contact

History of the Alexander Technique


Links and New York Center in the News





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Located at Union Square in Manhattan
Teaching location also in North Bergen, New Jersey


Many people go through life with chronic pain, stress, or fatigue, not realizing these difficulties are caused by the way they walk, sit, stand, and move. The Alexander Technique teaches you how to become aware of, and change, the deep, unconscious, postural habits at the root of these problems. Because these postural habits are so fundamental and habitual, they are inaccessible to most people and to most methods, yet they have a profound effect on our overall coordination and sense of well-being. By teaching us how to gain access to ourselves and change our habits at the deepest level, the Alexander Technique provides the key to freeing ourselves from unwanted pain, tension, and stress.

Lessons in the Technique are not passive treatments - they focus on re-education, self-awareness, and self-responsibility. As the student performs common movements such as sitting and standing, the teacher uses subtle hands-on guidance and verbal feedback to stimulate the postural muscles to support the body correctly, and to ease unnecessary tension.  Students experience more coordinated and effortless movement and learn to use their bodies with less strain and more efficiency.  As their attention deepens, students find that they can begin to change habits that were unconscious and automatic, until they can finally choose not to be the victim of habitual reactions of strain and tension. Gradually, as they notice and change their habits, their pain or injury is alleviated, and they regain their natural balance, energy, and fluidity.

Chronic, musculo-skeletal pain is epidemic in our society. Almost 80% of all adults will experience back pain in their lifetime. Many people who could not get relief for their chronic pain, fatigue, and tension from conventional methods, have found that the Alexander Technique gave them the skills they needed to overcome problems and improve overall functioning.

The Alexander Technique has been taught in a wide variety of academic and institutional settings, such as Mount Sinai Medical Center, The American Conservatory Theater, The Julliard School, New York University, Yale University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Because it deals with the deepest levels of mind/body coordination, it benefits people in many disciplines, from computer programmers and office workers to performing artists and athletes.

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The figure at left shows typical results of habitual misue and compression of the spine.  The figure at right illustrates a more coordinated pattern, in which the spine functions at its full length so that unnecessary strain and tension are avoided