Today many of us are so busy we very rarely take time to stop and notice how we move in our daily life, or what we are thinking other than the next thing to do. We tighten muscles unnecessarily, our posture changes and habits take over.
We do not know how we move or what we are ‘doing to ourselves’ during every day activities, until something goes wrong or we suffer some discomfort.
Then our co-ordination and freedom in movement is affected, we no longer feel calm, but stressed instead.
The Alexander Technique teaches us how to notice movements, and our thinking, during our everyday activities. It teaches us how to recognize and change our unhelpful habits that are frequently the root cause of many of our common ailments.
F.M. Alexander discovered that the relationship of our head, neck and back is all important to easy balance and movement. When we unconsciously change that relationship and move out of balance we start to put tensions on all of our body and mind. Joints and muscles start to ache, and perhaps we do not sleep well.
Learning the Alexander Technique will enable you to change how you move. You will become aware of your whole self, mind and body, and be able to move more in line with how you are designed to move.
Many famous people have learnt the technique including Aldous Huxley, Professor Nicholas Tinbergen, John Cleese, Roald Dahl and Joan Bakewell.
2008 back pain trial ATEAM:
In 2008 a random controlled trail was conducted for lower back pain, the finding of which were published in the British Medical Journal – BMJ- This trail compared massage with 6 and 24 Alexander Technique lessons or GP directed exercise. The results demonstrated how beneficial the Alexander Technique was to non-specific lower back pain.
New research article demonstrates that Alexander lessons enable people to improve the way they live and care for themselves, and so reduce neck pain.
A further publication from the ATLAS neck pain trial concludes that Alexander lessons lead to long-term improvements in the way people live their daily lives and manage their pain.
It reports a positive outcome from learning the AT on people’s self-efficacy and ability for self-care, and highlights the correlation between these improvements and the long-term improvements in chronic neck pain.
Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council -CNHC – recognises That Alexander Technique is helpful to people suffering from Parkinsons.
The CNHC is a government recognised body that list the Alexander Technique as a useful method of helping those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.