Thinking in Activity, Back into Balance

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Stella Weigel MSTAT

Alexander Technique has to be the ultimate holistic lifeskill we can learn when it comes to ourselves. It continues to provide ongoing experiential self-discovery of how mind and body function as an inextricable unified whole. Giving ourselves time to stop and observe how what we do in action in terms of postural and co-ordination habits provides us with more awareness of how we are designed to function.

The importance of the head, neck and back relationship, also known as the Primary Control, cannot be emphasised enough. Our full stature, head balance and freedom in our neck are absolutely crucial in this respect. This determines everything, rather than diminishing ourselves in whatever way we have unconsciously learned, we can gradually learn to unlearn this and instead learn to choose to be more at ease with improved balance and greater freedom, to speak and sing with increased confidence, resonance and enunciation, even to play an instrument with greater awareness of our breath and dexterity, also to cultivate our sense self-belief and self-worth. Alexander Technique does indeed provide us with a self development skill for living. 

Common musculoskeletal aches and pains which can be improved, if not banished, with Alexander Technique work include the following:

  • Back pain
  • Neck tension
  • Shoulder pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Knee problems and joint stiffness
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Gait in older people
  • Pregnancy
  • Improved muscle tone

Other benefits generally can include:

  • Improved poise, posture, balance and co-ordination
  • Increased awareness of breathing
  • Calming down of the central nervous system
  • Learning in terms of unlearning whilst learning to think in more co-ordinated manner
  • Greater Sense of Self, including self-belief and self-worth
  • Increased vocal resonance and improved enunciation
  • Improved digestion and awareness of the importance of everything connected with this.

Qualities which can be restored which may have escaped us:

  • Sense of lightness within ourselves
  • Effortlessness and ease
  • Unflappability and calmness
  • Grace, self-composure and equilibrium
  • Problem-solving skills and thinking outside of the box which allow us to approach things from a different perspective 
  • Embracing and accepting the gradual process of change without imposing how we insist on how things should be, but rather far more allowing and working with how they are in the present moment, very much continuing to work on ourselves as priority

We can all learn to do less in terms of unlearning unnecessary muscular effort and simultaneously do more for ourselves by paying attention to what we're doing with our psychophysical instrument working as a piece in a more integrated, co-ordinated pattern.


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