How we use ourselves in our personal and business lives affects the way we function. Alexander teachers are specialists in teaching people how to enable their bodies to move more naturally. By gaining a better awareness of body and mind you will learn how to release unnecessary tension, that you often will not realise you are holding.
This can help with:
Back, neck and shoulder problems
Many people suffering from neuromuscular problems gain great benefit from learning the Alexander Technique. By becoming more aware of our bodies in movement, there is often a realisation that how we carry ourselves and hold tension is a contributing, if not underlying cause of our discomfort. By learning to move more naturally and freely and actively changing how we respond to pain, can make a great deal of difference.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Having the latest workstation equipment, the most ergonomically designed chair and state of the art mouse can help with symptoms but often it is not with the equipment but with the equipment user where the root of the problems lie. The Alexander Technique gives you the tools to monitor your body more effectively, particularly in the work environment. Being more aware, enables you to recognise harmful work postures and holding patterns and to change them.
Posture and poise
Do you catch yourself wearing your shoulders as earrings, slumped at your desk or thinking I must stand up straight and pull my shoulders back? As young children we have good core stability, we are balanced and co-ordinated and mostly free of the pressures of life. But as we move into adulthood our busy lives start to impact. Our shoulders become barometers of tension, they tend to narrow and round, we literally get ‘pulled down’ by life – slumped. But however much we try to stand up straight and pull our shoulders back, it is not something that we can maintain for any length of time. The Alexander Technique is a way of re-learning the good habits we once had. By re-kindling good muscular tone and improving balance and co-ordination throughout the body you can start to reap the benefits. Good Use and good posture become the norm rather than the exception, so you feel better and look better.
We often forget or don’t consider the link between our high pressured lives and the physical impact it has on us. Stress and muscular tension go hand in hand. By learning the Alexander Technique you will start to recognise and be able to release this destructive tension, which is often held and built up in the neck and shoulders.
Tension also impacts our breathing, It tends to make it shallow and irregular. By releasing tension our breathing becomes more easy and natural, which can reduce anxiety and increase energy levels.
How a person carries themself and their body language, gives an instant impression of confidence. By developing better balance and co-ordination our bodies move more naturally and freely and our inherent poise and posture improves. The Alexander Technique can give you presence and increased confidence in a business environment or when you are just wanting to look your best.
Nervousness of situations or stage fright at the thought of presenting can be improved with the Alexander Technique, as it is profoundly calming. The Alexander Technique gives you the tools to deal with stressful situations. It also helps to improve voice quality which is adversely affected by tension.
Performance in sport and music
Better balance and co-ordination gained through practicing the Alexander Technique means less tension and more freedom of movement in the limbs, which in turn means improved efficiency, improved flexibility and improved breathing. Learning how to monitor appropriate effort and tension enhances performance of all kinds and lessens injury.
Rehabilitation after surgery or injury
Our habitual response to pain is to tighten and hold more physical tension within the body. We often try and compensate and use our bodies differently in an attempt to reduce pain. By learning how to respond to pain differently and by being more body aware can assist rehabilitation time.
The Alexander technique complements many other disciplines such as physiotherapy and osteopathy.