Many students start taking lessons, because they suffer from postural problems such as neck tension, shoulder pain, chronic back pain, or headaches. Computer users may also develop eye strain and repetitive strain injuries. Studying the Alexander Technique helps to improve the way you move in all daily activities, to reduce excess muscle tension and to alleviate pain.
Stress and Pain at Work
The Alexander Technique looks at the human element of ergonomics: How do you interact with your environment in the work space? By improving your posture and the way you move, you will be able to maintain calm and focused throughout your work day. The Alexander Technique teaches you to keep a sense of balance and ease while working in your office or in physically demanding tasks.
Recovery from Injury or Trauma
Muscle tension is often associated with past traumas and injuries. Stiffening the neck after a whiplash injury or favoring the right leg long after the broken left leg has healed are examples of habitual imbalance and tensing caused by injury. Learning how to reduce tension will decrease pain and get you (re)acquainted with optimal balance and ease of movement.
The Alexander Technique is mostly known in the Perfoming Arts. Musicians, dancers and actors use the Alexander Technique as an effective method to develop more presence, clarity and expressiveness, to enhance their performing skills, and to cope better with stage fright and anxiety. The Alexander Technique helps musicians to improve the physical movement involved in playing an instrument and to prevent injuries such as stiff shoulders, neck tension, back pain or repetive strain injuries.
Horse Back Riders
Horse back riders are often unaware of their movement patterns such as gripping with the knees, holding the breath or sitting to one side of the saddle. Unconscioius movement patterns often interfere with a good communication with the horse.The Alexander Technique helps riders to gain a better self-carriage on the horse, to use the legs more precisely, and to attain a clear communication and a good companionship with the horse.
Repetitive strain injuries or shoulder and neck pain is often a problem for reflexologists. Applying the Alexander Technique principles to giving treatments helps the therapists to reduce tension and pain in hands, wrists and neck, stay centered and balanced throughout the treatments and enhances their level of care.
I am accredited by the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) to teach the Alexander Technique for the Continuing Education and Professional Development Program. Courses will be “category I activity” and students will receive 2 CEU credits for a 4 hour workshop. Please check the Workshop page for more information and details.
The Alexander Technique instructs runners and other athletes to move with less strain, stay attentive to their bodies and prevent injuries. Yoga and pilates students use the technique for a better understanding of their positions and movements. The method is beneficial in managing the challenges of pregnancy and birth. Taking Alexander Technique also helps people with arthritis, osteoporosis or fibromyalgia to minimize damage and reduce pain. It addresses seniors’ issues such as loss of balance. You can benefit from the Alexander Technique with any physical issue – as long as you are willing to put your mind to it!