Sitting, standing, walking - activities that we do every day. But do we ever think about how we do them? We learn our movement habits when we are young; as adults we no longer pay much attention to them. But those unconscious habits continue to affect our health and well-being in the present. They determine the ease or difficulty with which we accomplish everything we do. Through engaging our conscious awareness and innate physical intelligence, the Alexander Technique offers a means to enhance our coordination, overall fitness, and potential for learning. It offers a means for change.
We often respond to the demands of our life-style and environment by increasing
the amount of tension we hold in our bodies. The Alexander work provides
a simple but powerful way of rejuvenating our natural postural spring so
that we can let go of these tensions without collapsing, thus maintaining
the natural integrity and co-ordination of our structure. In the process
we learn to recognise and change those habits of movement and positioning which sabotage
our natural, graceful posture - allowing us to be poised and relaxed in
all our activity.
Lessons also serve as preventative treatment to ensure continued health.
- a variety of medical conditions, and for alleviating the pain and
discomfort caused by postural, movement or breathing-related difficulties
- situations of undue or extended physical or emotional stress
- improving skills in any sphere (performance: music/drama, creative, sporting)
- personal growth and development, raising consciousness
- improving poise and 'posture' although not in a rigid, overtensed way
- stiff necks and shoulders
- nervous tension/ tension headaches/ anxiety states
- prevention of backache in pregnancy
- Parkinson's disease
- high blood pressure
Our kinaesthetic sense is not only the basis of balance, posture and movement, it is the basis of our sense of self. Although our "self" encompasses our minds, feelings and some sense of spiritual identity, we do not exist without our bodies. Because of this, the way we use ourselves is very closely bound up with who we are or who we think we are. We say, "I am round-shouldered" when it is more accurate to say, "I am rounding my shoulders".
Many people find that as their kinaesthetic sense increases, they have a stronger sense of their own identity, almost as if they are coming home into their own bodies.