“You can’t know a thing by an instrument that is wrong”
You may be in pain such as back pain, neck tension, RSI etc and seeking a solution, perhaps after having sought a variety of treatments, or you may be looking to improve your general wellbeing. The Alexander Technique helps you to identify what it is that you yourself are doing which is interfering with your ability to lead a pain-free life and, during the process, to replace unhelpful habits with new, improved ones.
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Our postural habits can let us down, causing unnecessary muscular tension which often causes back pain, neck tension, shoulder pain, preventing you from performing your daily activities with greater ease and less tension. Perhaps you feel constantly tired and stressed? Perhaps you are shy and find speaking in public difficult? We all have the ability to restore freedom of movement where once there was pain, stiffness, stress and tension.
We all have things we do habitually, without thinking, automatically, because we don’t really need to think about how we do them. These are unconsciously performed habits, or patterns of thought and movement, which we habitually undertake, such as how we talk, walk, stand, sit, brush our teeth, tie our shoe laces and so on. Alexander discovered that it is possible to learn how to carry out such activities in an improved manner without our habits kicking in, in other words we have a choice about how we do things. He discovered that the Primary Control of the head, neck and back relationship was instrumental in determining our co-ordination and movement. Improved Primary Control that is learned during lessons means that we move in a more balanced way, as nature intended we use ourselves. We have the ability to move, speak and sing in different ways, but we must decide to move with greater awareness rather than always reverting to the old established pattern.
Lessons address your entire coordination: you will realise the value of thinking about your entire self. It is not a therapy, but an education, specifically a re-education of one’s understanding of movement and thinking. The idea is that you can gradually learn how to apply the Technique to help yourself. It can help you with any activity: improving how you see yourself within relationships, driving your car, improving your sports performance, your musical performance, your business presentations and meetings in the office, if nothing else your overall general health and wellbeing.