Welcome to the Music & Performing Arts Library (MPAL) guide to the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method!
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The Alexander Technique is a system to improve posture and movement, and to use muscles efficiently. The technique takes its name from F. Matthias Alexander, who developed principles as a tool to alleviate his breathing problems and hoarseness in the 1890s. Alexander Technique is used remedially to regain freedom of movement. It is used to undo the establishment of nuisance habits by all manner of performers, including musicians, actors, and dancers, and it is used as a self-awareness and self-help tool to change specific habits.
The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). The method is designed to improve movement, reduce pain, or reduce limitations in movement through self-awareness. The Feldenkrais Method falls within the field of integrative medicine or complementary medicine.