You may be experiencing pain, whether it back pain, neck tension, shoulder pain, RSI etc and seeking a solution, perhaps after having sought a variety of treatments, or you may just be looking to improve your general wellbeing. The Alexander Technique helps us to identify what it is that we are doing which interferes with our innate balance, co-ordination and poise, replacing unhelpful postural habits with new, improved ones.
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The Alexander Technique is very much to do with restoring the balance, poise and ease which we enjoyed as young children, children who are very much interested in what they do whilst still being able to maintain their integral upright poise as they explore and encounter life. As we grow older, we tend to interfere with this by developing postural habits such a collapsing, shortening, stiffening, tensing, tightening and slumping in reaction to stimuli we encounter.
The Alexander Technique is taught via a teacher’s hands and words to help you to begin to notice what is happening within yourself as you are encouraged to think about how you perform simple movements such as sitting, standing, speaking etc whilst giving your directions (simple reminders we give ourselves about where our head is, freedom in the neck and so forth). It is not a therapy but rather an experiential learning process.
You can read more about the efficacy of the Alexander Technique in terms of relieving back pain in the ATEAM trial results published in the British Medical Journal.