From Stressed to Poised

Do you feel stressed, tense, or overwhelmed? Do you suffer from chronic pain, poor posture, or breathing problems? Have you noticed the two are often interrelated? If so, you may benefit from learning the Alexander Technique, a method of mental and physical re-education that teaches you how find more poise in your life.

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is probably best known for improving posture, but in practice it's about improving poise. Posture is merely a shape that could still be held with excess tension. Poise is a combined quality of mind and body. You recognise that quality in others as a state of being, a sense of calm composure.


The Alexander Technique is not a therapy or exercise regime, but a skill for self-development that you can apply to any activity, whether it is office work, family life, or playing sports. The technique is based on a few key principles, such as:

  • The mind and body work together intimately as one, each influencing the other
  • Becoming more mindful of the way you go about your daily activities will reduce harmful habits of behaviour
  • How you move, sit, and stand affects how well you function
  • The balance of the head, neck, and spine is fundamental to optimal functioning
woman sat with poise at her computer stress free.

How can the Alexander Technique help you?

The Alexander Technique can help you with a wide range of health conditions, such as: 

  • Stress and stress-related conditions
  • Back, neck, and joint pain
  • Muscle tension and stiffness
  • Poor posture
  • Breathing and vocal problems

The technique can help you achieve a balanced, more naturally aligned body, and a calm, focused mind. By learning the Alexander Technique, you can:

  • Reduce your reactivity to stressors
  • Develop your self-awareness and mindfulness
  • Boost your confidence
  • Increase your energy and vitality
  • Reduce and prevent pain and injury
  • Enhance your mobility and coordination

How can you learn the Alexander Technique?

The best way to learn the Alexander Technique is to have one-to-one lessons with a qualified teacher. A teacher will observe your movements and attitudes, and show you how to move, sit and stand with improved balance, less strain and greater mental clarity. You will also learn to observe your own habits and reactions, and how to change them for the better.


You will need to attend a number of lessons to learn the basic concepts of the Alexander Technique. Around 10 or more weekly lessons are recommended. The aim is to help you gain an understanding of the main principles involved so you can apply them to everyday life, allowing you to benefit from the technique without the need for frequent ongoing lessons.

Man sat with poise looking stress free in an office

Where can you find a teacher?

If you are interested in learning the Alexander Technique, you can find a qualified teacher near you by using the Find a Teacher page on The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) website. It's world's oldest and largest professional body of Alexander Technique teachers. STAT teachers have completed a three-year full-time training course and adhere to a code of professional conduct and standards.


The Alexander Technique is a proven and effective way to reduce stress and improve your health and well-being. By learning the technique, you can transform your posture, movement, and thinking, and achieve a state of poise and ease in all that you do. Why not give it a try and see for yourself how the Alexander Technique can help you go from stressed to poised?

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