What we see in young children of about 3 – 7 years of age is a dynamic and balanced coordination. This is the result of a series of developmental reflexes that the baby, toddler and young child naturally goes through as a result of maturing. Unfortunately, over time we slowly lose this as the result of life, hours of sitting, using computers, cell phones, and other repetitive work habits. Not only do we lose this dynamic balanced coordination, we replace it with learnt patterns of slumping and collapsing. This can cause us to develop a whole bunch of aches and pains, as well as the negative patterns of thinking that go along with the poor body postures that we have developed. However, lessons in the Alexander Technique, an educational approach with a positive track record of over one hundred years, is a simple and easy way to restore this natural coordination, balance, and posture.
Lessons in the Alexander Technique, help us to develop more sophisticated mind/body awareness, as well as teaching us how to switch off patterns of thinking and moving that have a negative effect on our wellbeing. This mind/body approach, uses gentle hands-on guidance and verbal instruction to give you an experienced of increased ease in your body, as well as insights into how your thinking patterns hold you back.
It sounds so simple, but the depth of the work usually amazes people who are learning it for the first time, contributing to a more free, natural, and energetic approach to life.
Did you know that your thought process can have a positive effect on your physical well-being? This is one of the skills you develop with the Alexander Technique, an educational method with over a hundred-year track record.
The Alexander Technique gives you a way to better understand how your body works. Through a course of one-on-one sessions with a certified Alexander Technique teacher, you will learn to:
- how to recapture the ease, and freedom of movement that we enjoyed as young children.
- how to release the stress so that it doesn’t compound your condition.
- return your body and mind to balance and gain a sense of control over your tension and stress responses.
Basically, The Alexander Technique empowers you to self-manage your conditions. It offers practical, proactive methods for dealing with the acute onset of pain and the challenge of getting through daily activities.
The Alexander Technique helps you find long-term relief without the side effects of drugs or the physical cost of surgery. Since you activate this process on your own, you know how to perpetuate its beneficial effects, long after your sessions are over.
And, once you have greater control over how you feel, your focus naturally swings to other areas of your life – to exercising, playing your favorite sport, going through a workday in greater comfort, or savoring a long walk. Rather than tuning out the constant static of pain, you re-awaken sensation and access a new reservoir of energy and enjoyment.
“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act, not react” — George Bernard Shaw.
One of the many famous people who have benefitted from lessons in the Alexander Technique was lucky enough to study F.M. Alexander himself, and started having lessons in his 80’s.