What is the Alexander Technique?
As children we develop natural poise and balance, but modern life takes its toll and along the way we develop habits of tension that cause us pain and discomfort. Often we accept this as a fact of life, but there is something we can do about it.
Long hours spent working at a desk can cause havoc with our natural postural mechanism. The Alexander Technique brings our attention to how we use ourselves in daily activities addressing issues such as posture, pain, breathing and tension. Lessons can prevent and alleviate problems associated with poor posture at the workstation such as neck and back pain. After lessons, pupils often express:
• feelings of lightness
• freedom of movement
• relief from aches and pains
• a sense of calm
What is involved in a session?
During a 40 minute lesson the teacher guides the pupil through simple activities such as sitting, standing, walking and bending. This allows the pupil to experience these movements with less effort on their part and rediscover their natural balance and poise.
Pupils are shown how to lie down in semi-supine in order that tensions are eased and the system has a chance to realign itself. Pupils may wear whatever they like to a lesson; you may be asked to remove your shoes.
With the Alexander Technique we can learn how to:
• let go of the tensions we have built up over the years
• avoid unnecessary tensions and strains in our daily activities
• find relief from our pains and discomforts
• prevent the onset of additional stress and tension
“The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it.”
Joan Bakewell, TV presenter and journalist