An Alexander student learns to identify and change those habits of thought and movement that create strain and prevent expression. He learns to reorganize himself by freeing his head and neck and by lengthening and widening his back, allowing the entire organism to function with greater ease. Everyday habits are magnified many times over in performance; therefore it is important for the actor to learn how to re-direct his energy over a wide range of activities, minimizing needless tensions, connecting to his emotions, and restoring energy in daily life as well as in performance.
Good use of the self is characterized by an overall pattern of economy and freedom of movement. It means, for example, using no more and no less tension than to cross the stage or having the time to breathe with a phrase. The Alexander Technique develops skills that prevent useless habits and self defeating ideas, all the while awakening the actor to his remarkable capacity for change and growth.