WELCOME TO

THE OREGON CENTER FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

Modern life presents us with situations and challenges to which we must respond. Often we react automatically and with excessive effort, bringing little awareness to our manner of reaction. Over time, our responses become stereotyped, characterized by undue tension and lack of spontaneity. They may eventually lead to strain and discomfort, a decline in general ease and feelings of stress or anxiety. We don't realize it, but we are causing our own problems.

The Alexander Technique offers us a way out of this dilemma. It teaches us:

•To become aware of how we "use" or "misuse" ourselves,

•A means for stopping the misuse, and,

•A technique to replace habitual reactions with conscious choice.


HISTORY OF THE TECHNIQUE

The Alexander Technique was developed by F.M. Alexander, an Australian actor born in 1869. He suffered from loss of voice which threatened his career. In an effort to cure his vocal problems, Alexander began observing himself in a mirror as he spoke and observed a pattern of misuse which, when corrected, not only restored his voice, but also improved his breathing and general well-being. His efforts to share this discovery led to the hands-on technique now taught all over the world.


For over 100 years, the Alexander Technique has helped people in many walks of life to overcome problems and improve overall functioning. It has benefitted actors, teachers, musicians, athletes, parents, computer programmers, dancers, lawyers, and anyone wanting to respond more effectively to the challenges of everyday life.


SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS THE TECHNIQUE

The Technique has been the subject of numerous scientific studies and its effectiveness is well documented. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 shows evidence of the Technique’s effectiveness in solving back pain. Clinical studies have proven that the Technique improves breathing capacity, posture and coordination, modifies stress responses, and, for those suffering from chronic pain, can be an effective method for long-term relief. It has been shown to enhance performance and is taught in many academic and institutional settings, such as the Julliard School of Music, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and the Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

 

Oregon Center for the Alexander Technique

Rebecca Robbins, Director

(503) 821-9310

email: OregonCentAT@earthlink.net