Alexander Institute, Training & Practice

Individual Lessons, Introductory Workshops, Short Study Intensives and more. 
Suite 4, 188 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW, 2060
Contact Person: Diana Devitt-Dawson - Director

Phone: 02 9955 0110
Mobile: 0408055580

"Alexander recognised that the body is not simply a system of mechanical levers to be adjusted into different positions like a mechanical crane. It is a subtle organ of expression in which emotional states modify and are modified by muscular tension states...Alexander learned by observation and experiment upon himself, in the strictest scientific method, that the mechanism that determines the character of all reflex action lies in the reflexes governing the relation of the head to the neck, and the neck to the spinal column. When this 'primary control' or our core structure is functioning as it should, it is sensed as an integrating force that allows freedom throughout the organism." (Ref at website) - Professor John Dewey

Alexander discovered that a certain dynamic balance of the head, neck and back is the main factor in determining the most efficient use and functioning of the whole body/mind complex.

This relationship constitutes our 'core structure' and can be seen working beautifully in most infants and young children. Their necks are free, the head balances upright on the neck which allows the spine to lengthen and strengthen. The torso is free of unnecessary tension which allows natural, full-capacity breathing without strain, effort or exercise.