The Alexander Technique

April 16, 2011 at 7:17 am Leave a comment

F. Matthias Alexander was a great teacher, he was a man of discipline and rules and regulations. On the basis of that , a therapy was designed which concentrated on the fact that ones body is a complex system and if one decides to work it with discipline and order, one could see brilliant results on his own body. The therapy concentrates on one to know his own body and understand it in a manner that he does not only maintain it but also is the controller of his body. Not only this, this therapy has now gained worldwide recognition. The therapy holds it foundation the fact that our body and its postures could get one rid of pain and aches, that too not the day to day ones but the severe ones.

The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person to discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities. Our body is made up of fats, muscles and bones. When the muscles are stretched and they are shaped, they would frame the whole body in such a manner that one would not feel the pain.

We all have unconscious movement habits.  Without realizing it, we put undue pressure on ourselves.  We use more force than we need to lift a coffee pot or a weight bar.  We slouch as we sit, unaware that our way of doing things gives our bodies a certain look.  We blame body problems on activities — carpal tunnel syndrome on computer work, tennis elbow on tennis.  But often it is how we do something that creates the problem, not the activity itself.

An Alexander Technique helps you see what in your movement style contributes to your recurring difficulties — whether it’s a bad back, neck and shoulder pain, restricted breathing, perpetual exhaustion or limitations in performing a task or sport.  Analyzing your whole movement pattern — not just your symptom — the teacher alerts you to habits of compression in your characteristic way of sitting, standing and walking.  He or she then guides you — with words and a gentle, encouraging touch — to move in a freer, more integrated way.

To understand The Alexander Techniques, you need to have a certified trainer who holds the best knowledge of the field because if you make mistakes you are bound to have severities.


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