The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a way of re-educating the body to get back some of its natural poise.

It is based on the premise that use affects functioning.  In other words, how we think and use ourselves determines how co-ordinated, balanced and stress free we are.  Unfortunately, as we go through life, we pick up a lot of aches and pains and added stress, often due to poor postural habits.  The Alexander Technique seeks to undo this damage to enable the body to feel lighter, freer and poised. 

As well as the management of pain there are added bonuses, such as deeper, more efficient breathing and improved vocal quality.

The human body is a delicately balanced structure designed to work efficiently with the minimum of effort required to carry out various tasks.  If you watch a toddler squat, or start to walk, there is an effortless quality about the movement and the head is balanced perfectly on top of the spine.  Somewhere along the line this freedom disappears which can lead to long-term pain with excess pressure on the joints. 

Lessons in the Technique help to eradicate excess tensions. By working with everyday actions, such as sitting and standing it is possible to change from poor postural patterns of use to increased freedom of movement. This leads to a better sense of well-being and a better quality of life.

It is perhaps best described as a means of enabling support and balance of the body, in an unforced way.

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