If the Alexander Technique is about one thing, it’s about negotiating the startle response. This is a reflex action we, all of us, undergo when faced with an alarming stimulus. It helps us to escape and protect ourselves when faced with danger. Most of us, however, live lives in which life-threatening danger doesn’t happen all that often, yet it is something we still have to deal with in one way or another on a daily basis.
The gentleman in this video has a very healthy startle response (at around the 00:25 mark).