Athanase Vettas
Alexander Technique Teacher
F.M. Alexander

Change involves carrying out an activity against
the habit of life.

F. M. Alexander

The Alexander Technique opens a window on to the little known area between stimulus and response and gives you the self-knowledge you need in order to change the pattern of your response.

F. P. Jones




A practical and proven method
helping with unnecessary neuromuscular tensions associated with pain, inefficiency
and inappropriate reactions.

Applications - Practice

Release, relieve and relearn
how to improve the way you use yourself with
the Alexander Technique

Whether you wish to control yourself better in any activity, improve your skills or learn a completely new one, deal with pain or move better, the Alexander Technique puts into question how is the best way to learn and correct yourself, and allows progress from a more reliable perception of ourselves. It can put you on the right track for any activity, if you wish to improve your golf swing or merely sit down without your usual backache.

Benefits of a Better Use of Yourself:

Control of habitual reactions

Efficiency and precision in movement

Better perception of oneself

Increase of self-confidence

Control of postural coordination

Better use of oneself in pain

Improved control in stressful situation

Improvement of general well-being


For a life introduction to the principles of the Alexander Technique and a hands on experience of the Alexander Technique approach come to one of the presentations listed on the page Dates of Talks or participate to an introductory workshop.

The Alexander Technique.
A tool for change. A tool for life.

Alexander discovered that something habitual in the way we think and move can interfere with our improvement and development in both the circumstances of our everyday lives and in our wider desires and aspirations. He developed his technique in order to help us bypass these habitual patterns of thought and movement, which prevent us from enjoying life to the full. Thereby freeing us from the bodily tensions, stresses and strains which make us feel sometimes that we are treading water, leading to undermined confidence and a situation where settling for less can become the norm.

During lessons in the Alexander Technique you will learn how all these habitual patterns interfere with the proper functionning of what Alexander named the Primary Control, which involves the body as a whole through the dynamic relation between your neck and your head.

Perhaps you are a musician who plays well during the rehearsal but allows your nerves to take you on a roller coaster ride during the performance. Do you find the idea of public speaking a nightmare or perhaps just lack the confidence to have a word with you boss? The Alexander Technique can help you deal with what is getting in the way of a more successful performance.

Maybe at the end of the day you feel ragged, tired and emotionally torn as so much of your energy leaked away while you were in that traffic jam or had to deal with teenage hormones. The Alexander Technique is a method for anyone who really desires to correct the way he uses himself or herself, on the physical, emotional or mental plane. It deals with the excessive muscular tensions we accumulate in our daily lives through our habitual way of dealing and responding to the demands placed upon us.

The practical procedures of the Alexander Technique find numerous applications according to one's needs or interest. We are ourselves the first instrument we use in order to be and to do things, the level of use of ourselves is obviously of the outmost importance in anything we do in life.

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Talks in 2014

Find dates of further presentations and practical introductions to the Alexander Technique on the page Dates of Talks

Workshops in 2014

A two day Introductory workshop on the Alexander Technique on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August
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The Alexander Technique and Somatic Education
by Bobby Rosenberg
A text about what differentiates the Alexander Technique from other somatic approaches.
(added in June 2013

The Alexander Technique and Systems Theory
by Bobby Rosenberg
"In this paper I hope to show that systems theory is a valuable tool for understanding the Alexander Technique in the context of contemporary scientific thinking."
(added in June 2013


SPAIN 2011
Research on the Alexander Technique
and prevention of occupational risks
in organizations
English abstract
Full Spanish original version

May 2009
Born to sing
by Ron Murdock

August 2008
Research on Back Pain and the Alexander Technique
BBC report
Full Text
Link to STAT page with video on this research

February 2008

Neurophenomenology and the Alexander Technique by Rachel Zahn

(click here...)


December 2007
Don't be victim of stress, by David Langstroth

(click here...)

November 2007

Modern Man Stoops Low by Tasah Miller

(click here...)


An introduction to the Alexander Technique by Pedro de Alcantara

(click here...)


Our unreliable sensations (click here...)


Reflections: A Beautifull Mind - a true case of inhibition (click here...)


Article on The Deep Significance of Somatics  (click here...)

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