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How does the Alexander Technique work?

Our bodies are meant to be balanced, well co-ordinated and free so that we can comfortably sit, stand and move for long periods. But often we hold tension in some parts of the body and actually allow the workings of other parts to literally collapse.

The Alexander Technique shows how to restore our body to its natural state, eliminating all tension and twists.

It strengthens the back, improves core stability and gives a sense of feeling calm and lightness.

Basically, it teaches us how to relax which, believe it or not, is quite a skill.

The Alexander Technique works through the experience of the hands-on work of the Alexander teacher.

The experience allows the body to feel quieter and move more effortlessly.

And it works through body awareness or learning how to think to the body : 
getting the brain and body to talk to each other.

Who has Alexander Technique lessons?

Many people – including many famous people have used the Alexander Technique.

Most people come to improve their posture: for pain – often back, neck and shoulder pain. It may be for RSI (repetitive strain injury) and joint problems.

Lesser-known problems associated with the Alexander Technique include headaches, stress and anxiety or for improving the voice or breathing.

Corporate clients, nervous about delivering presentations, can benefit and so can individuals who have day-to-day problems with stammering or stuttering.

As for age, clients range from children to mature adults– around eight to 88. And what they do can be a vast spectrum of activities: computer users who have developed poor posture from years of sitting at a computer to parents who regularly need to push prams and also performers, actors and musicians.

Pregnant women also find sessions incredibly helpful because they need to adjust to an ever-changing body shape while retaining core stability throughout an unpredictable nine months.

So it’s impossible to pinpoint an age-group or category of people because many of us have developed poor habits and need attention for everything from chronic lower back pain to even learning how to walk naturally again.