I came to the Alexander Technique after being forced to stop working as a computer
assisted designer due to pain. My experiences as a student of the Technique convinced
me of its effectiveness. This led me to pursue training in order to teach the Technique
After completing three years of training, I was certified as an Alexander
Technique teacher by the Alexander Technique of Ann Arbor training course and by
the American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).
More about the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique is a subtle method of integrating mind and body in such a
way that each functions with maximum efficiency and ease and minimum stress and tension.
The Technique is an educational process, which provides an individual with the means
to identify and change habits and attitudes interfering with “the proper use of oneself.”
Technique was developed in the late 19th century by F.M. Alexander, a Shakespearean
orator. Having lost his voice, Alexander undertook an intensive program of self-observation
that lasted for nearly a decade in order to discover the source of his problem. In
the process, he not only regained his voice but also laid the foundation for the
Alexander taught the Technique in England and the US until his
death in 1955. Among his students were John Dewey, Aldous Huxley, George Bernard
Shaw, and Nikolas Tinbergen (who gave part of his 1973 Nobel Prize speech on the
For more information about the Technique, you can visit the website for the American
Society for the Alexander Technique at www.amsatonline.org.
Jan McKenna, M.AmSAT Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique