Every thought we have ends up in a muscle somewhere, and we can consciously use this to stimulate a beneficial effect on our muscles.

What People Say

The Alexander technique has  permeated my consciousness and greatly improved my posture in general. Laina Emmanuel











Thinking – More Powerful than You Think

The Alexander Technique involves a lot of thinking. You’re paying close attention to yourself, asking for release in various places like the neck, the shoulders, the back and so on. At the same time, you’re really careful not to do anything in response to that thought.

A lot of my clients have a real problem with this idea. When we’re working together and I ask them to think of muscles releasing, they just can’t believe that their muscles are going to respond.

They have this really strong urge to do something to make that thinking happen.

There’s no need for that.  Our thinking has more of an effect on our muscles than we’re aware of.

Every thought we have ends up in a muscle somewhere, and we can consciously use this to stimulate a beneficial effect on our muscles.

Perhaps the following activity will help to demonstrate that to you. You can read through the instructions until you have understood them thoroughly, and then try it out.

What You’ll Need

  1. A comfortable chair
  2. A quiet place
  3. About 15 minutes of uninterrupted time


young man sitting comfortably in chair, eyes closed

Thought is More Powerful than We Realise

What You Do: Stage 1

  1. Sit quietly in your chair.
  2. Set a timer for a minute so that you don’t have to worry about the time.
  3. Get as comfortable as you can.
  4. Close your eyes, and think about an exciting or suspenseful scene that you’ve seen in a movie.





When the alarm goes off, observe what’s happening in your body.

  1. Do you feel tensions anywhere?
  2. Your  shoulders?
  3. Neck?
  4. What’s happening in your legs?

Stage 2

  1. Let yourself relax again.
  2. Set your timer for a minute.
  3. Think of some issue in your life that’s causing you tension.

What do you observe? Pay attention to your mental as well as your physical state.

 Stage 3

  1. Let yourself relax.
  2. Set the timer for a minute.
  3. Think of floating up to the ceiling.

What do you observe, in your body as well as in your mind, when your time is up?

What you think has a direct and immediate effect on your muscles. The Alexander Technique is a focused, intelligent and gentle way of using this to bring about a change in your muscles.

Keep this in mind as you go through this website and try out the various activities suggested.

Come back to this page as often as you need to – we’re so used to the idea that thinking by itself is useless that you’ll find you fall back, again and again, into trying to physically do something with your thinking!

Activities You Can Try

  • Go through What the Alexander Technique Is Not.  This will give you a clear idea of how exactly the Alexander Technique can help you.
  • Things to Try gives you a set of activities you can try out for yourself, using your thought to change the way your muscles work.
  •  You can also opt for lessons.  All lessons and courses are online at the moment. Do check out the details at Online Learning so that you can decide what might work for you.
  • Prefer an introductory lesson straightaway? Contact me to book a lesson – online, of course!

…thought is reflected in muscle behaviour. Elizabeth Langford