The Alexander Technique works by helping you to identify and prevent the unhelpful postural habits (or patterns of movement) we almost invariably develop unconsciously over time, which aggravate, or may be the cause of, stress, pain and under-performance.
During a course of lessons you will learn how to release tension and rediscover balance of mind and body. With this increased awareness you will become more able to:
- maintain poise without stiffness or pain
- move with ease with less effort
- remain and think with less strain
- breathe and speak with more freedom
- develop a clam and confident demeanour
People generally come to us because they want to improve the way they do something, or minimise a problem in their life. It could be posture, backache, public speaking or general stress and anxiety caused by the pressures of modern life. It could also be for help with something specific, requiring a repeated pattern of movements, such as playing a musical instrument.
Unlike other treatments, the Alexander Technique gets to the root cause of the problem of mal-coordination, we learn that paying attention to our Primary Control is that which organises the rest of the mechanism and is fundamental to human design. If we are stiffening and tightening our neck muscles, then this has a profound effect on the way in which we use the rest of our mechanism, in fact the pain which we feel as a result is only a symptom and not the problem itself. Learning to release the muscles of the neck is something to which we are taught to bring to our attention if we are to enjoy a healthy life which is relatively pain-free.
Some research has also suggested the Alexander technique may improve general long-term pain, stammering and balance skills in elderly people to help them avoid falls. Also, the Alexander Technique has been shown to be of benefit to those suffering from Parkinson’s, helping you to carry out everyday tasks more easily and improve how you feel about your condition.
In a course of Alexander Technique lessons, the teacher will use simple activities and gentle touch to help pupils become more aware of the habits that are adversely affecting an identified problem, or stopping them from achieving what they want. As their awareness grows they learn to consciously refrain from employing these unhelpful habits, and discover a new level of ease which helps them to achieve their goals.