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How can the Alexander Technique help?

Increase Awareness and Release Muscular Tension

The Alexander Technique is a profound method of releasing unwanted muscular tension throughout the body, often accumulated over many years. This excessive muscular tension often starts in childhood and, if left unchecked, can give rise later in life to a whole range of common ailments such as arthritis, neck and back pain, migraine, hypertension, sciatica, insomnia and even depression. A great deal of money is being spent on the treatment of these illnesses, yet the number of patients continues to increase. By learning the Alexander Technique, however, many people can be helped to understand the causes of their problems and be taught how they can help themselves, so that their aches and pains can diminish or be avoided altogether.

Improve Balance, Posture and Co-ordination

The Alexander Technique can help us to become more aware of balance, posture and co-ordination while performing everyday actions. As children, our posture and ease of movement are a joy to watch, but as we start to tense our muscles in reaction to many of life's worries and concerns, our posture deteriorates into what often borders on deformity. Yet there are so many examples of people outside western civilisation who retain their natural upright posture through most of their lives.

We have a series of reflexes throughout the body that support us against the force of gravity and naturally co-ordinate our movements. Unfortunately, many of us interfere with these natural reflexes to such an extent that adults often hold four or five times more tension in their bodies than is really necessary. In fact, without realising it, many of us make life much harder for ourselves than it really needs to be. Our shoulders become permanently hunched, our necks become stiffer and stiffer, and we sit either slumped or holding ourselves in a very tense, rigid fashion. It may not be until years later that we start to suffer from aches and pains or restricted movement. The reasons for many of these problems can be found when we consider our posture and the way we use the body while performing even the simplest of tasks: pain is simply the body's warning system trying to tell us that something is wrong. The Alexander Technique can show you the underlying cause of your problem, enabling you to eliminate the tension which is responsible for poor posture, tiredness, general stiffness and a variety of aches and pains - conditions that we so often mistakenly put down to the ageing process.

Relieve Back Pain

One of the most common examples of the consequences of poor posture or stress is back pain. Eighty per cent of all people living in the west will suffer from disabling lower back pain at some point in their lives. In the United States one hundred million visits are made to chiropractors, and in the UK sixty million working days are lost each year because of back trouble, and these figures are doubling every ten years. Statistics show that back pain is not confined to the United States and the UK, but seems to be on the increase in most developed countries, yet no one seems to have any clear answers or solutions to the problem. There is little research into why back pain is so prevalent in our society and yet comparatively rare in some under-developed countries. An increasing number of doctors, back specialists and orthopaedic surgeons are now advising people to try the Alexander Technique as they can see beneficial results when nothing else has helped. Many people carry on for years with unnecessary pain, not realising that anything can be done for them.