“I thought I was fit and healthy. I was astonished to discover what my muscles and my body had been doing without me realising.” AT pupil
The Alexander Technique can help you take control of your own wellbeing by discovering how you are habitually interfering with the natural mechanisms of the body, creating stress, tension and fatigue. It is not a treatment or a therapy neither is it about ‘positive thinking’ or ‘posture training’. It is a re-education of the neuro-muscular system – learning to break the cycle of being controlled by habit and developing a way of being that is truly transformational and empowering.
“You are perfect as you are, except for what you are doing to yourselves” F M Alexander
This quote refers to the natural, effortless balancing act, the continual tiny adjustments that the body carries out, to keep us upright, like a beautiful, flowing, dynamic dance. What we are ‘doing’ to ourselves is interfering with this natural, easy way of being. We interfere by over-doing, using too much muscular effort. We don’t know that we’re doing this because it has become a habit.
The Alexander Technique is a way of releasing tension and letting go of unhelpful postural habits that may be causing stress and pain. However, the Technique isn’t simply about posture. It’s more accurate to say that it’s about using conscious thought in a constructive way to bring about a change in the way we respond to life – ending the pattern of over-doing and over-reacting. In this way, we can reclaim our freedom. Not just freedom of movement, but freedom of choice as to how we re-act to any given stimulus in life.
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