The Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique is concerned with balance and co-ordination and is a successful way to solve body problems. It’s a way of learning how to release harmful tension by changing how you habitually carry out your everyday activities. We tend to subconsciously develop bad habits throughout our lives and don’t realise that we are creating our aches and pains when we slump in chairs, grip objects too tightly, rush our activities, and generally not take any notice of how we go about our daily lives. This practical method will improve your ease and freedom of movement, reduce tension and improve your balance support and co-ordination.
“Change involves carrying out an activity against the habit of life” F M Alexander
How is the Alexander Technique taught?
The Alexander Technique is taught on a one-to-one basis and during a session Veronica will observe your posture and movement habits and use her skilled hands to release muscle tension while guiding your body into a place of balance. Analysing your whole movement patterns, not just your symptoms, she will help you to become aware of your habits of compression and tightness in you everyday activities of sitting standing and walking. You can then learn how to change harmful habits have more self awareness and make new choices in order to restore you original posture and poise. You come to understand how you body works and how to make it work better for you.
The touch used by Veronica is very gentle is totally non-invasive and you don’t need to remove any clothing.
“You can’t do something you don’t know if you keep doing what you do know” F M Alexander
What problems can the Alexander Technique help?
Many people develop back neck and shoulder pain and tight limbs and feel generally that their posture is bad. Others would simply like to feel more comfortable in their bodies and be free of stress and strain They may also believe that problems in their joints and muscles are unchangeable. However, as they learn the Technique they find that it really can make lasting beneficial changes resulting in improved movement and a better quality of life.
The Technique is widely used by actors and musicians to help with performance. It can also improve self-confidence and public speaking and enable a comfortable pregnancy.
“Everyone wants to be right but no one stops to consider if their idea of right is right” F. M. Alexander
How long are sessions and how many will you need?
Sessions last for approximately 45 minutes.
Everyone’s requirements are different some people need just a few sessions and others a lot more.
To gain the most benefit weekly sessions are recommended initially.
Some also like to use the sessions for regular relaxation.