This method will improve your breathing, correct your posture and help your manage pain. As your teacher, I will guide you towards a better understanding of how your mind and body work together.
People use the technique as an alternative treatment for many conditions, including:
The Alexander Technique also poses the following holistic benefits:
Computer and mobile device use
Living in today’s world, we spend much of our time on a computer or checking our Smartphone for emails and texts. This means we spend much of our time looking down, rather than straight ahead, the way our vertebrae were designed to support our heads.
Your head weighs about 10 lbs, and by dropping your neck to look at a mobile device all that weight pulls on the muscles in your neck and shoulders, causing strain and harmful tension. It is the equivalent of dangling a heavy shopping bag off the end of your neck.
Keeping our head bent down for long periods puts continual strain on the large neck muscles, which are meant to normally be lax. In contrast, the small neck muscles (which are meant to hold up your neck vertebrae) are not being used and are therefore lax.
The result is that our vertebrae lose their support, so that you end up not only with neck stiffness or pain, but possibly some degeneration in our cervical spine, and prolonged pain.
Learning the Alexander Technique allows you to use your body with better coordination and poise, avoiding collapsing and compressing the spine.