what are the benefits of learning
the alexander technique?
The are many benefits of learning The Alexander Technique - some not immediately obvious. The lastest research, in relation to back pain, shows lessons deliver long-term results in reducing pain and discomfort - and many, including myself, find the pain never returns.
"The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life."
Greg Chappell, Cricket captain of Australia (1975-1977)
And it's not just pain-relief where you might find benefit. Athletes, actors, musicians, dancers and business people all find lessons help to enhance performance.
But you don't have to be a performer to gain from this remarkable, yet simple technique.
The first thing most pupils notice when starting Alexander lessons isthey feel lighter and taller. This happens when habitual muscle tension is released. You may not be aware of it, but the majority of adults carry too much tension and as a result, pull their body's out of out of shape.
Poise is something most of us have lost by the time we're in our early twenties - for some it's even earlier!
Regain your poise and you will :-
- achieve an effortless, upright posture
- improve your balance and coordination
Many conditions can be improved by removing the excessive tension from your body. For example, breathing, circulation and digestion, all function better in a relaxed, poised body.
- be more alert and focused
so how does it do this?
The Alexander Technique will first help you to recognise poor muscular habits, and then show you how to 'unlearn' them. Using guided movements, you'll gain a better understanding of how your body works.
You'll discover how to stand, sit and move with less effort, and learn how to reduce tension in your neck, shoulders and back to promote freer movement.
The Alexander Technique is not a treatment that finishes when you leave the room - it's a new skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life!
Get an effortless, upright posture by releasing the tension pulling you down
F.M. Alexander, the founder of the technique, used to tell his pupils, 'if you stop doing the wrong things, the right things do themselves.'
Once you learn to release the muscles pulling your body down and out of shape, your reflexes will support your body with minimal effort - it actually takes less effort to stand poised than to slump!
Applying the methods you learn in a lesson can remove the cause of many of the following conditions.
- stress related health issues
If you have a condition not mentioned here, please contact me for more information.
- recurring sports injuries
For more information on the benefits and conditions lessons could help and how to find a teacher worldwide, please visit AlexanderTechnique.com
research into the the alexander technique
I'm a member of The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique (STAT), and as the foremost body of teachers in the UK, we're committed to encouraging scientific research into Alexander's work.
Whilst the methods we use may seem subtle, Alexander spent many years experimenting with movement to develop his technique. A number of prominent scientists have fully backed his work and confirmed his theory was based on sound, scientific practice.
For more information on scientific research, see Alexander Technique Research
If you're interested in finding out how The Alexander Technique could benefit you, please contact me today to discuss your requirements. I teach at clinics in Bedford, Godmanchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Olney - for details of venues, please click here.