WHAT IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
The Alexander Technique helps you undo detrimental habits, reintroduces you to your body and teaches you how to use it in the way that best serves you. This process gives you control and understanding of what you're doing resulting in more ease, less pain and a freedom in your movement that you probably last experienced as a child. The best part is you can practice it anytime, anywhere!
WHAT CAN IT DO FOR ME?
What are you doing that you would like to do better? The Alexander Technique can help. Whether you're a banker who'd like to sit better at her desk, a musician who'd like to take her playing to another level, a retiree with a fused spine who wants to enjoy walking again, the Alexander Technique can help you. (These are all examples from my actual students.) Whatever you're doing, the Alexander Technique can help you do it better. You'll learn the wonderful way you can help your body in all you do instead of unconsciously fighting it.
Other benefits of the Alexander Technique can include:
- improved posture
- relief from chronic pain including back, neck, jaw, hands, feet, wrists, etc.
- improved performance in sports and arts
- pain and symptom management associated with medical conditions such as scoliosis, Parkinson's, distonia and many others
- reduced stress and clearer thinking
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A LESSON?
What happens during a lesson depends on your goals. Lessons typically include working with various activities that interest you or you'd like to improve along with lying down work where you'll refine your skill. I'll work with you using my words combined with gentle and refined guidance from my hands to help you uncover your natural poise, ease and coordination and move more freely.
HOW MANY LESSONS SHOULD I TAKE?
This also depends on your goals, your needs and personality. I've been working with some students consistently for years while another student only had one lesson and found that that was all he needed to rid himself of back pain at work.
ISN'T EXERCISE SUPPOSED TO BE A LITTLE BIT PAINFUL?
No! It saddens me to hear anyone live with the belief that they must cause themselves pain to be healthy. Typically the strain you feel when exercising is caused by undue muscle tension. When you've always moved this way and have been taught that it is normal it can be difficult to believe there's an alternative. Very often we try to force our muscles to work resulting in strain and pain instead of allowing our innate poise to coordinate our complex musculature. Though this may be normal for most people it is by no means natural to our bodies. The good news is that you can change through the Alexander Technique.
If your body has suffered structural damage, for example a herniated disk in the spine or stress fractures in the foot, movement and exercise may cause pain because of the damage. If this is the case it is even more imperative that you free your body's natural coordination so that you are not exacerbating your injury.