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Alexander Technique

Almost all of us develop habits of tensing different muscles more than we need to, as a response to daily stresses. This tension becomes so habitual that we are completely unaware of it, only of the aches and pains it causes.

Alexander Technique is a way of relearning how to do all ordinary everyday activities in a relaxed and comfortable way. It takes time and patient study to learn. Most people find they need to gradually change their attitude to their bodies. (For it to work you have to learn to care more about how you perform an action than about the end result. In a Zen like way the results improve when you just allow them to happen.)

Alexander Technique is not a therapy and does not treat symptoms. It is better as it lets you use yourself in ways that no longer cause those symptoms. A surprising number of different aches and pains gradually go away, and movement begins to feel lighter and easier and more fun. Back pain and RSI injuries are often greatly improved.

We cannot recommend it too highly.

For more information, including how to find teachers near you Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (UK)

This American site is probably the most comprehensive on the web Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique

Also from Robert Rickover, his podcast interviews with experts on Alexander Technique topics bodylearningcast.com

Alexander Technique teachers individual websites:

Julie Parker teaches in York

Noel Kingsley teaches in London W1 and Beaminster and has a wide ranging blog about Alexander Technique in everyday life

Susanna Scouller teaches in London W4 and SW6


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Complementary Healthcare Information Service UK guide to alternative and complementary medicine, self development and natural health.

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