Manage pain and illness with the Alexander Technique
Learning the Alexander Technique enables you to discover new ways to help reduce chronic musculoskeletal pain and make life-style adjustments to enable you to manage pain and illness more effectively. Clinical research studies have shown that Alexander Technique training can help to reduce chronic lower back pain, neck pain and non-specific chronic pain.
There is clinical evidence to show that people with Parkinson’s Disease have experienced improved postural muscle tone, coordination, balance and flexibility following a course of Alexander Technique lessons. Many people experiencing arthritis, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) also use the Alexander Technique to help manage their conditions.
Over the years we develop unhelpful habits and patterns in the way we move and rest. We often use more force and effort than is really necessary causing excessive muscular tension and strain on the joints and spine. This can lead to tissue damage and which if untreated, can result in persistent pain. When we’re in pain, we tend to hold our breath and tighten our muscles even more.
Alexander Technique training helps you to learn to pause, notice and modify unhelpful habits and patterns which could exacerbate your symptoms. You can develop new skills to release unwanted tension and enable you to breathe more fully and deeply. This has a calming effect on the mind and body, helping to reframe the intensity of pain. You’ll learn to balance your head naturally on your spine without using force to hold it in place, allowing you to regain a sense of lightness, poise and ease.
If you’d like to find out more about the research studies on using the Alexander Technique for pain and illness, please take a look at the News pages in the Resources section.
Benefits of Alexander lessons for pain and illness