Alexander said that exercise exaggerates the alignment of the body. If this is so, then if our body is mal aligned, then all we are doing is exaggerating the mal alignment. The problem as I see it, is that most folk don't know that their body is mal aligned. We get used to feeling under par, we get used to all our quirks and oddities and not many people realise that this could be different. We can feel wonderful, full of energy with the joys of life.
A number of years ago I devised a system called S,E.T. (Safe Exercise Training). It was designed for personal trainers. As I started out my career as a dance teacher, exercise has always been a passion of mine. I also work with brain development, so I know how important movement is. I see far too many children growing up in front of computers and television, and not climbing trees and being physical. However, I have also had my fair share of back injuries, and have been to many classes where the teacher was uneducated and watched herself in the mirror and did not worry about the 30 or so women in front of her who were not really following the programme and were very quickly able to injure themselves.
It was out of this experience that I decided to put the knowledge of the Alexander principle together with movement. It just so happened, that one of my students at the time was a personal trainer and he decided to do my course. I watched how his training took on new depth. His clients were so impressed with his technique and happy to have found someone who could assist them to get real benefit from exercise without the threat of injury. I hope many personal trainers follow his lead and do this training, to offer their clients a new level of awareness in movement.