Improve posture and movement with the Alexander Technique
Lessons in the Alexander Technique can help you to discover and change harmful postural habits and patterns of movement that can lead to strain and pain. You learn to release tight muscles, which pull your body out of alignment and restore your natural way of moving with freedom, ease and lightness. There is clinical evidence that a course of lessons in the Alexander Technique can reduce chronic lower back and neck pain. Clinical research has also shown that the Alexander Technique can help people with Parkinson’s Disease to make lifestyle changes and improve postural muscle tone, coordination, balance and flexibility.
Keep active with the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique can help us to learn how to use our body more effectively so that we can keep active and keep moving for as long as possible. Being active reduces the chance of heart disease and stroke, lowers the possibility of type 2 diabetes, reduces depression, lowers the chance of dementia and can also reduce the incidence of some types of cancer.
As we age our mobility, balance and coordination can become compromised. We become stiff and can have difficulty getting out of a chair or putting our shoes on. Walking, carrying things and going up stairs can become too much of a challenge and we gradually become more and more sedentary. The Alexander Technique teaches thoughtful and non-strenuous movement, helping us to notice unhelpful habits and patterns, which can lead to pain and strain. In an Alexander lesson, you’ll be actively engaged in relearning new ways to use your body.
How does the Alexander Technique help?
The Alexander Technique teacher helps you to make changes to the way that you move and rest, using their hands to direct your awareness. You learn how to let go of unwanted habits by stopping and then using your thoughts to influence your body. Rather than doing something, you learn to release the patterns of tension that interfere with fluid and easy movement.
During a lesson you’ll learn how to move, bend, sit and stand with more freedom in the joints and more lightness and ease in the body and explore how to breathe more fully, allowing you to feel calmer and more at ease.
As you bring the Alexander Technique into your daily life, your posture can improve, you can gain height and movement can feel lighter and easier. You can learn ways to improve your balance and coordination, reducing the chance of falling and helping you to feel more confident.