Alexander Technique

Healthy young children exhibit grace, balance and co-ordination in abundance but sadly it is quickly lost as the years go by. Deep postural support muscles become underused and the job of keeping us upright is left to muscles that were never designed for the job. The consequence of this interference with our natural sense of balance and co-ordination is often unnecessary tension and effort.

You may be, for example, creating a little tension in your neck as you peer at your computer screen or twisting your back slightly as you sit on the settee to watch television. These soon become habits and whilst the tension created is barely noticeable at first, over time it can lead to significant pain.

Seeking treatment for the pain is the obvious next step. But, ignoring the habit that caused the pain in the first place is likely to result in the need for repeated treatments.

Learning to recognise these habits and exploring alternatives is the focus of the Alexander Technique. In this way, lasting change becomes a real possibility.

What some famous people have said about the Alexander Technique

“I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get you to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.” John Cleese, actor

“The Alexander Technique works…I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.” Roald Dahl, writer

Benefits

Reduces pain, tension and stress including:
  • Back pain, neck pain and joint pain including Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • General muscle tension and stiffness
  • Anxiety and stress related conditions
Improves posture balance and co-ordination

With better posture, balance and co-ordination you will

  • Use less tension and effort in all your activities
  • Enjoy greater freedom of movement
Improves performance
  • In music and drama by helping to free up spontaneity and manage stage fright
  • In sport by improving breathing and quality of movement
  • At work by helping you to keep a cool head, think on your feet and represent your subject and yourself with ease and confidence
Supports self-development

Increases:

  • Perception of choices available
  • Flexibility in response to situations
  • Self reliance and confidence

Therapists

Bridget Barr