Look good… Feel good

It’s time to break out the summer wardrobe… For this week at least!

Do you find yourself trying on clothes in front of the mirror and pulling your tummy in, pulling your shoulders back and pulling yourself up to be as tall as possible? The problem is that you can only maintain this stature with effort and for short periods of time. However with The Alexander Technique good posture and poise can be achieved naturally.

Among other things, we look at improving balance, co-ordination and muscular tension. When these improve we stop being so narrowed and rounded in the shoulders, so pulled down and slumped. The body becomes more opened out and we come up to our full heightWalk tall.

To find out more or take advantage of my summer offer of three lessons for £96 then drop me a line.

Enjoy the good weather while it lasts…

Jane

Spring is here….

Put a ‘spring‘ in your step… Now that Spring does at last seem to be here it is time to shed the layers of winter clothing, stop the hunching and huddling against the cold and to restore good natural movement and posture – Get that “Bounce” back! The Alexander Technique can be really helpful in achieving this by making us more aware of how we move and how to make the core of our body more stable and centered – restoring good, natural posture to all activity. This has the effect of giving more freedom of movement in the limbs and adds a lightness to the body rather than the usual pulled down, hunched and narrowed posture that we tend to have through the winter months.

So become more attuned to your body, improve your balance and  co-ordination and get rid of those bad winter habits of ‘tensing’ and ‘holding’ by taking advantage of my 3 lesson ‘Spring Special’.

If you would like to find out more, then please do get in touch to see how the Technique could help you.

Rgds, Jane

Spring Special Offer…

Through April I am offering a “Spring” Special Offer of three Alexander Technique sessions for £96. It is difficult to say how many sessions you would require until we meet but in general I do suggest to clients that initially three is a good number. In these sessions we look at posture, balance and getting your head, neck and back aligned. When you start to achieve this your core becomes more stable, which reduces the amount of muscular tension required to support yourself. We also look at how to achieve good posture and poise when sitting and standing, and if you are working, how to include this in your working day.

The Alexander Technique makes you more consciously aware and more body aware, it is a self-help technique to incorporate into your everyday life. So from session one you will take away ‘tools’ that will start to make a difference to posture and the aches and pains that we all experience at times.

If you would like to find out more about A.T. then do drop me a line or call for a chat.

Best wishes, Jane

Postural habits

It is very easy to develop postural habits when working or playing sport, which may not always be useful. Instinctively we are often aware that  these postures make us unbalanced and cause discomfort but knowing how to change them is difficult.

This is where the Alexander Technique (A.T.) can help. A.T. specialises in movement, making you more aware of your body and how much muscular tension you are holding. By improving balance and co-ordination, tension is reduced and those recurrent injuries, aches and pains also diminish too.

To find out more, please do call and have a chat about how the Alexander Technique can help your particular issues and take advantage of the New Year special offer…

Merry christmas.

Jane

Alexander Awareness week – Poised for Life 8-14 October

The theme this year is aimed towards young people. We as parents are often appalled at our children’s posture when we see them sat at a laptop, with a smartphone or gaming. The old adage of ‘sit up straight’ and ‘pull your shoulders back’ won’t improve the situation but Alexander Technique lessons will…

As an A.T. teacher I help students to become more aware of themselves; how to combat that slouching and slumping by using body-mapping techniques. When we understand how and where the body should move, it encourages better ‘use’ and more natural movement, which in turn makes us more balanced and co-ordinated. When we are more balanced and co-ordinated we have better tone in our bodies. Being more aware of our ingrained (bad) habits when using technology means often that only small changes are needed to see marked improvements.

Over the next few weeks I will be offering taster sessions to students at my consulting room or if you are a Bedales student, in free periods at Bedales.

To book a session either email or phone :

M: 07775618822   E: jane@greatposture.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards, Jane

Weighty Matters!

How does the Alexander Technique work?

The Alexander Technique (A.T.) helps to re-establish the natural relationship between the head, neck and back which, is the ‘core’ of the body. The head is pivotal to this… Have you considered how heavy it is – An adult head weighs roughly 4kg. Therefore if it is not balanced freely on top of your spine you will have to use a lot of muscular tension, particularly in the neck to hold it up. Un-balanced, it has the effect of pushing the head and neck down, which compresses the spine. It pulls us down and narrows us, constricts movement and creates tension throughout the body and poor posture. These bad postures place a lot of strain on our bodies and can cause discomfort. The problem also with muscular tension is that it can become a habit very quickly, it starts to feel the ‘norm’ and we don’t realise that it is happening.

The Alexander Technique will help you become more aware of how you think and how you moveRe-educating the body into good poise and good posture that is inherent in all of us and can be seen in small children. So from the first session you will be able to take away “tools” to use in your everyday life that will start to make a difference… Do get in touch if you would like to know more.

Jane

Tension and Habit

Tension is very habitual – Do you wake up stiff and unrested, feel tense at the end of the day. Muscular tension very quickly starts to feel the ‘norm’; our sedentary lifestyles are a contributing factor – We sit for long periods of time at the computer, in the car/train and get very ‘fixed’. Repetitive movements can cause problems too. Take a moment the next time you clean your teeth to consider how tightly you hold the toothbrush, how you’ve locked your legs, lifted your shoulders and clenched your jaw… All unnecessary but just habits we get in to. Similarly pain makes us physically tighten around the area that hurts and often leads to compensatory movement. All this excessive tension makes us uncoordinated and un-balanced, which distorts and causes discomfort.

The Alexander Technique (A.T.) makes you more self-aware, more able to notice when tension is building but more importantly it also gives you ‘tools’ to help release tension. The A.T. reminds our bodies of the good poise and posture that is inherent in all of us… So do get in touch if you would like to know how the A.T could help you.

Look forward to hearing from you – Jane

Pre-exam nerves, stress and tension

Neck and shoulder pain and headaches are all too common around exam time – As we get more mentally stressed then the physical impact is muscular tension. The first place we tend to notice this is in the shoulders; they are our barometers of tension. All to often we find them up around our ears, also our breathing patterns change they become shallower. This increased tension feeds mental anxiety and nervousness and the bad patterns become self-perpetuating.

So being able to break this cycle is extremely useful, which is where the Alexander Technique is a great resource to have. The Technique helps to make you more aware. It offers “tools” to help release tension that builds, both physically and mentally. Also, by being more in the moment it encourages calm and reduces panic.

The Technique also improves posture which is helpful with all the increased written and computer work that is required over the coming months, which also can create neck, back and shoulder problems.

So, if you think the Technique could help you or your child then do get in touch as lessons are tailored to suit each individuals needs.

Jane

Pain, stress, tension and habit

Habits can take many forms – The shoulder you always wear your handbag on, the pocket you always put your wallet in but then there are those habits that are an automatic reaction to a stimulus – Stress and pain are good examples of these. When we are in pain we tense and protect around the area by holding our bodies and stress often causes neck and shoulder problems. Our shoulders are barometers of tension and we end up wearing them around our ears. Quickly these bad habits start to feel right and become the ‘norm’ and we don’t realise that we are doing them. This tension narrows and rounds the body and compresses it, pulls it down. When you start to become more aware of your body’s habitual tension patterns and you release this tension, it allows the body to open out and come up to it’s full height so that it has a lighter feel to it; your core becomes more stable and posture improves.

Being a self-help technique, it means that from your first session you can start to change and improve how you react in your everyday life – Small changes can often have a big impact.

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss if the Alexander technique might be helpful for you or you would like some more information.

Regards, Jane

Put a ‘spring’ in your step!

Put a ‘spring‘ in your step… After winter this is just what we need to do, get a bit of lightness in our movement a bit of ‘bounce’. The Alexander Technique can be really helpful in achieving this by making us more aware of how we move and how to make the core of our body more stable and centered – restoring good, natural posture to all activity. This has the effect of giving more freedom of movement in the limbs and adds a lightness to the body rather than the usual pulled down, hunched and narrowed posture that we tend to have through the winter months.

So become more attuned to your body, improve your balance and  co-ordination and get rid of those bad winter habits of ‘tensing’ and ‘holding’ by taking advantage of my 3 lesson ‘Spring Special’.

If you would like to find out more, then please do get in touch to see how the Technique could help you.

Rgds, Jane