Our way to the Alexander Technique
What shaped me after my childhood and adolescence?
- First, our family with our three children.
- My studies in economics and then 25 years of work in various management positions
- My study of the practice and philosophy of Japanese martial arts over a period of over 25 years
- At the same time, I was involved with various so-called Western methods of bodywork, with the Alexander Technique fascinating me the most.
What impresses me about the Alexander Technique is how seamlessly it can be integrated into all areas of my life. Apart from the practice sessions with the teacher, the Alexander Technique is part of housework, part of Aikido training, part of professional work, part of driving a car, etc.. Since after a while you can work independently with the principles of the Alexander Technique, they flow into all areas of life.
As early as the mid-1990s, I had considered starting a training course to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique. But I didn’t do this for professional and family reasons. It was therefore very nice to start the training together with my wife in 2018 and to successfully complete it in 2021.
It is always important for us to emphasize that teaching the Alexander Technique is not a medical profession, but like so many other AT students, I came to the Alexander Technique because I had permanent massive tension/pain in the shoulder and neck area and lower back. All attempts to free myself from it were not sustainable. How did these ailments come about? After graduating from high school, I studied economics to then take on a job in a large company. All my life I’ve been sitting in front of a desk and a screen.
I got my first massage for acute back pain when I was 16. Of course, I followed the recommendations of physiotherapists and orthopedists and did a lot of sport to strengthen my back. But that didn’t help much and sometimes made the problems even worse. Later I also tried acupuncture and osteopathy. The results were better, but it was still just working on the symptoms. The turning point for me came in September 2017: My first Alexander Technique lesson. I will never forget this experience. It was almost like an awakening experience. My neck, my shoulder felt so light afterwards. I wouldn’t have thought that possible. After initially taking one-to-one lessons, in February 2018 I decided to start my Alexander Technique teacher training at Irma Hesz’s Alexander Technique Institute in February 2018 and it’s really no exaggeration to say that this has changed my life.