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Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain

March 13, 2016 0 Comments
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Alexander Outlook

In teaching the The Alexander Technique to Athletes, Performers, Seniors or to anyone else, the aim is to increase the participants awareness of themselves as a whole, until they can detect the interference in the head-neck relationship, which is the first link in the reflex chain of ‘getting set’ to do something – to sit down, to run, to swim, or to play an instrument. In order to accomplish this, The Alexander coach helps the pupil to carry out the activity without the habitual interference, and to realize by actual experience the lightness and freedom of movement that comes when the primary control operates normally. Through repeated experience of this kind, the participant gradually builds a new standard of kinesthetic judgment. With this standard they have the power at any time to know whether they are obtaining the maximum freedom and control in what they are doing. If they are not obtaining it, they learn how to find the cause of the trouble and eliminate it.

During a lesson a teacher will achieve this by using his or her hands. The hands-on work is vital to your lesson, for without it, you could not realize your habits. Sensing your habits alone is like trying to see blue against blue–it is difficult. The hands-on element of a lesson changes the geography of your co-ordination so that, against that change, your ‘habitual use’ appears more apparent to you.

The ‘critical moment’ will become a large part of your lesson. This is the key to the Alexander outlook. In life there is a stimulus and, usually, a pretty immediate response. Alexander work seeks to open these tightly knit two and insert a little space of conscious awareness and thought. The ‘messages’ that you insert within that moment, learned from your Alexander lessons, are called ‘directions’ and predominantly concerning the way of co-coordinating your head-neck and body.

Alexander Technique lessons will often make you happy. You are able to achieve that because they can ‘lighten’, the pressure or heaviness you feel in your body. There is a relationship between emotion and bodily states of tension which is not in dispute any more these days. Alexander work will not counsel you on your emotional dilemmas. The Alexander Technique will assist you in becoming mindful of their consequences in the aspects of bodily tension. “Belief is a muscular activity” declared Alexander, and this work leads you to ‘see’ these activities in muscular action.

December 11, 2015 0 Comments

Pain in the Neck

 

November 10, 2015 0 Comments

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique (AT) is an adventure in awareness. It is the conscious use of the psycho-physical being in all acts of living in day to day life. AT constitutes a real and never-ending intellectual problem of constructive control which, instead of destroying, develops the interest and pleasure in every day ordinary acts.

Alexander Technique (AT) program helps the student to take a step back, nurture their inner resources and stay in touch with their well-being. By learning to free muscular tension in the body, and to re-establish the innate mind-body connection, thus restoring the natural poise and ease of movement inherit in children, can now be retained throughout childhood and beyond.

Poise is an ever-evolving conscious process. Young children already have a true and natural relationship between their heads and backs. We are concerned, that they may lose the harmony and the psychophysical relationship and may become discordant and unconscious of the good use of themselves. Through learning the Alexander Technique (AT), this can be prevented.

Once the Alexander Technique is learned, students can integrate the technique into everyday life and initiate the process of understanding oneself fully. It is an educational process that lasts a lifetime.

Who comes for Alexander Lessons?

There are approximately 3 groups that would seek out Alexander Technique lessons.

  1. Those that seek relief of discomfort or pain that have not gained relief from orthodox treatments or who have come to the Technique by recommendation – those with back problems, stiff and sore necks, join problems, breathing issues, headaches, stress relief…
  2. Professional Performers – musicians, actors, dancers, singers, athletes – people for whom optimum balance and co-ordination is a great help in their professional life. They would continue with their personal training throughout their career, Alexander would be part of continuing process to help maintain and improve peak-level performance.
  3. This a growing sector of our ‘Market’. Those that come for lessons not because they are professionally involved in body use, nor because there is anything apparently wrong with them. They come because they find that having Alexander lessons make them feel better generally and helps them to deal more effectively with life’s problems. They are people who want to be more responsible for their own lives and well-being.

Please review my Services to find the program that would suit your personal needs.

July 27, 2015 0 Comments

The Skill of Self-Care and Self-Regulating

The Alexander Technique gives you a way to better understand how your body works. Through a course of one-on-one sessions with an Alexander Technique teacher, you gain a sense of control over your tension and stress responses. You learn to attend to areas of pain and reduce the muscular compression that compounds it. If the source of your pain is postural or muscular, the Technique may give you the means to eliminate it completely. You learn how to return your body and mind to balance. As you shift your entire system from a state of alarm to calm, you lessen your pain and give your body a chance to heal.

A proven form of self-care and self-regulating, the Alexander Technique helps you find long-term relief without the side effects of drugs or the physical cost of surgery. Because you activate the process on your own, you know how to perpetuate its beneficial effects, long after your sessions are over. In a 1988 British study of chronic pain sufferers, the Alexander Technique was chosen as the number one pain management method. A year after this study was completed, participants still chose it as the best way to reduce pain.

Once you have greater control over how you feel, your focus naturally swings to other areas of your life — to exercising, playing your favorite sport, going through a work day in greater comfort or savoring a long walk. Rather than tuning out the constant static of pain, you re-awaken sensation and access a new reservoir of energy and enjoyment.

June 20, 2015 0 Comments

The Alexander Technique is:

The Alexander Technique is a way of self-regulating and learning in order to help ourselves, rather than a treatment whereby a doctor or therapist ‘does something’ to the patient.

The Alexander Technique is:

A way of understanding how the body is naturally designed to work.

A way of emotional self-regulation.

A method of heightening our awareness, both of ourselves and the world around us.

A re-education of how to use the body in such a way that our psycho-physical equilibrium can be restored.

A process, which can help us to recognize the interference that we ourselves inflict upon the body’s natural functions

A way to use our thinking capacity to bring about a desired change so that we may go about our daily activities in a more coordinated fashion

A way of becoming more aware on many levels

A technique that you can practice on your own, to help you move in a way that carries the minimum amount of tension at any given time. (it is worth reminding ourselves that prevention is better than cure.)

June 20, 2015 0 Comments