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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. Study provides ongoing experiential self-discovery of how mind and body function as an inextricable unified whole. Giving ourselves time to observe how what we do in action in terms of postural and co-ordination habits provides us with increased awareness of how to manage our organism in a  more aware and compassionate way towards ourselves in daily activities.

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 aspects which we consider during lessons. 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, cultivating within us an improved sense of self-belief and self-worth

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)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Improved muscle tone

Other benefits generally can include:

  • Improved poise, posture, balance and co-ordination
  • Calming down of the central nervous system 
  • Greater self-belief and and self-worth
  • Improvements in terms of breathing and voice 
  • Improved digestion and awareness of the importance of everything connected with this.

Qualities which can be restored which may have escaped us:

  • Ability to prevent our habitual reaction when faced with emotional ups and downs and even trauma which we and  nobody else necessarily comprehend at the time
  • Ability to appreciate things from different perspectives which we may not have at first understood which in turn helps us to develop greater empathy and compassion


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