The Alexander Technique is like nothing else you have learnt! You are really unlearning.
The Alexander Technique is much more than just a solution to back pain, it is life changing process.
The Alexander Technique is a mind body process that helps you change habits either postural, mental, or behavioural. It is taught with verbal guidance and hands on contact and is like nothing else you have learnt! You are really unlearning and most people find it very therapeutic! You could compare it to learning how to ride a bike or play an instrument, but the instrument is yourself! Not something that you can read about really, best thing is to get a direct experience.
It is often taught on a one to one basis but introductory classes and workshops are also available. I normally teach at Penrith, Kirkby Lonsdale, and Kendal but with the arrival of CV19 these sessions are now also available on-line. via zoom or skype. If you would like a talk presented to your group or organisation please do get in touch.
I have taught at primary and secondary schools to both teachers and children and feel this is a key area for preventing health issues in the future. Here is a comment from a 6th former who spent a weeks work experience at an Alexander Training School in London:
"As a student myself I think that teaching the Alexander Technique at schools would, not only solve the problem of students developing chronic back pain, but how it could help to decrease the anxiety in students ,which is increasing in children at a young age. Acting on these issues now could prevent future health issues."
What is involved in a typical Alexander lesson?
At your first Alexander lesson I invite you to carry out simple movements, such as moving in and out of a chair. With verbal guidance and the option of light hands, I help you bring your movement into your conscious awareness. The verbal guidance helps you become aware of your thought patterns during the movement and the optional light contact of my hands help you gain more body awareness. With this combination of being aware of your thought patters and body awareness, your habits of movement can then begin to change as you make new conscious choices.
You may come to lie down and do simple movements of lifting an arm or leg. The contact of the table or floor underneath you helps you become aware of how you are using your back With the verbal guidance you discover how to let go of unnecessary tension and discover a new freedom in your body.
Most people find it a therapeutic experience and enjoy the learning experience. On-line sessions focus on verbal guidance with props such as the wall, floor and improvised bean bags to give you increased body awareness. You may also get an audio or visual recording to help you with your own practice.
The Alexander Technique is taught world wide. A full listing of UK teachers can bee seen at www.alexandertechnique.co.uk
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