Pain Management & ReliefImproved Breathing & PostureImproved Balance & CoordinationSkill EnhancementGreater Expressive Freedom & PoiseStress ManagementAnxiety & DepressionMental Clarity, Alertness & Increased VitalityImproves Function of all our Vital ProcessesBecause It Makes You Feel Better!
Regular lessons in the Alexander Technique have been shown to remarkably reduce or entirely relieve the experience of pain, especially pain caused by chronic tension and stress injury. Most importantly, the Technique helps people self-manage their pain and empowers them to participate in their own process of health and recovery. The Technique has been recognized as a leading modality in the treatment of back pain, as well as neck, shoulder, joint and nerve pain of all sorts. A 2008 ATEAM back pain study published in the British Medical Journal reported that patients with chronic and recurrent low back pain found significant relief through a course of Alexander Technique lessons.
The Alexander Technique harmonizes the processes of postural support and breathing in such a way that students of the Technique enjoy freer and more coherent movement in both the short and long-term. As fixed habits of tension are released, and the spine is encouraged to lengthen and the back widen, the diaphragm is more free and available for its excursion to support the breath. As tension and compression are released, the thoracic cavity better supports its respiratory activity, and one senses the breath as more fluid, free and expansive. Connecting with natural support processes for full upright balance, and breathing, results in greater thoracic mobility and efficiency. A 1992 study published in Chest Medical Journal reported significant enhancement of respiratory function after a series of Alexander lessons.
The Alexander Technique helps us gain a more reliable and trustworthy sense of where we are in space; we can thereby enjoy improved balance, coordination and confidence in our ability to move about the world. The Technique fosters relationship between all the parts of the body-mind, integrating fragmented or forgotten parts back into the whole, and bringing coherence and unity to our entire functioning.
The Alexander Technique helps you do anything you do – better. Performing artists, musicians, athletes, chefs, writers, students and professionals alike have found in the Technique an invaluable tool for enhancing their skill sets and helping them do what they do more efficiently, confidently and authentically.
The Alexander Technique awakens a deep and natural support system for your entire being; thus supported, you are free to express yourself more fully and easily. Energy that was once being used to hold you together can now be redirected. Limiting habits of thinking and doing can be transformed. As you come from a more open place, you can come into more meaningful relationship with your environment and others around you. Performers, teachers, public speakers and leaders of all kinds have used the Technique to enhance their performance skills and make them feel more assured and self-aware in front of audiences big and small.
A regular Alexander Technique practice is a well established method for anyone coping with the stresses of the modern world. The Technique gives you tools with which to quiet yourself, in body, mind and spirit, and consciously release tensions that may be masking your capacity to fully participate in the experience of being alive in that moment. It is an embodied practice available to anyone who chooses it, anytime they choose it.
The Alexander Technique uses simple and practical means to help us through debilitating thought patterns and overwhelming emotional states such as anxiety and depression. In a lesson we learn a practice of presence that cultivates acceptance and compassion for all parts of ourselves, as infinitely the complicated and human as we are. We experience directly that physical balance and integration are connected to psychic balance and integration.
As we become more alert, open and aware of ourselves and our environment, we may notice the enduring effects of the Technique through increased mental clarity and vitality. As we breathe more freely and move more easily, and as we gain confidence in our own ability to bring about these benefits through the employment of conscious intention, we feel more alive and hopeful; a future of health and well being awaits. “The Alexander Technique…keeps the body alive at ages when people have resigned themselves to irreversible decline.” – Robertson Davies.
The Alexander Technique is fundamental to the vitality of our entire being; it increases the function, flow and interrelation of all our systems: neuromuscular, respiratory, nervous, circulatory, digestive and reproductive, among others. It is a truism in the Alexander Technique that “use effects function”; how we support ourselves is intimately related to how well our vital systems work on our behalf.
Learning the Technique is pleasurable, relaxing and an often invigorating experience. It simply makes you feel better!
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