Man and child sitting on the sofa, reading. Both are slouched with heads going down

Sitting on the Sofa

Sitting on the sofa can be a recipe for slouching. The seat looks inviting but slouching can put a lot of pressure on the lower back and neck. Top Tip for Better Posture – Cushions What will help the posture? Let’s look at the seat depth. Most sofas have quite a deep seat. This is […]

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Woman with lower back pain putting hands on lower back and grimacing

Lower Back Pain

Lumbago, or lower back pain, is very common. It can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips. The back pain can sometimes be chronic, lasting a long time, or it may keep coming back. The Alexander Technique helps us see if we are causing or exacerbating the backache. […]

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String on top of the head

People often think the Alexander Technique is about imagining a string or golden thread coming up from the top of the head.  It is certainly useful to think upwards. Much of our attention is downward: reading, typing, texting, cooking, childcare. This can make us slump and this can cause back pain or neck pain. Neck […]

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Working on a horse’s saddle

Why use a saddle? Once someone has had a few lessons, we may look at saddle work on a specially made wooden trestle. The body can often balance more easily on the saddle so it is useful to explore tightness in the legs and hip joints. And if someone hitches up their back and shoulders to […]

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