Get up, get well and get go­ing with Alexan­der Tech­nique

With­out the need of ma­nip­u­la­tion but with guid­ance of words and hands, your mus­cles can learn to do what is needed to al­low your body to go into bal­ance on its own.

Living Now - - Contents - by Mar­garet Bur­dan

With­out the need of ma­nip­u­la­tion but with guid­ance of words and hands, your mus­cles can learn to do what is needed to al­low your body to go into bal­ance on its own.

Lately it has been the plas­tic­ity of the brain that has been in the news. This plas­tic­ity has been known about for a long time but ig­nored and laughed at by ‘ the peo­ple who know bet­ter’. The link of mind and body has also re­cently been hailed as ‘news’. In fact, the fa­mous Aus­tralian, F. M. Alexan­der of the Alexan­der Tech­nique fame, knew and worked with this link over a hun­dred years ago.

As an Alexan­der Tech­nique teacher, I have be­come an ob­server of hu­man be­hav­iour. I can’t help it. It fas­ci­nates me how much you can read peo­ple’s moods as they walk down the street and how, by just chang­ing pos­ture, moods can be changed. I also feel sad look­ing at me­dia pho­tos - many show­ing sports­peo­ple us­ing their bod­ies badly - and know­ing this is not help­ing their game or their life.

Bad pos­ture stops us per­form­ing to the best of our abil­ity in all ar­eas of our lives and can cause de­bil­i­tat­ing pain lead­ing to med­i­ca­tion and even op­er­a­tions.

Many of us grow­ing up have been told; ‘Stand up straight. Pull your shoul­ders back’. Un­for­tu­nately this is one of the worst things that you can be told be­cause you im­me­di­ately ‘ do’ what you are told and, in do­ing so, stand stiffly and more than likely back on your heels caus­ing the body to hold on even more tightly to stop you fall­ing back­wards. With­out the need of ma­nip­u­la­tion but with guid­ance of words and hands, your mus­cles can learn to do what is needed to al­low your body to go into bal­ance on its own. Your learnt bad habits can be things of the past.

How can you pos­si­bly stop what you are do­ing if you don’t even know you are us­ing your­self badly? Tak­ing lessons with an Alexan­der Tech­nique teacher gives you the in­sight and power to fix your chronic back pain, neck, shoul­der, wrist, leg, and feet pain. At the same time you be­come more ef­fi­cient in what­ever you do, with­out the pain - a great ad­van­tage for mu­si­cians and sports­peo­ple.

An ex­am­ple is an 80-year-old marathon run­ner still run­ning marathons af­ter tak­ing Alexan­der lessons. Other examples are of mu­sic stu­dents wor­ried about play­ing their fi­nal ex­ams be­cause of pain but with Alexan­der lessons they are able to pass eas­ily. Also there are many peo­ple who have been able to say good­bye to crip­pling pain and have been able to con­fi­dently do jobs, in­ter­views and speeches that they thought they could never do.

Tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for what is caus­ing you your pain, along with look­ing more con­fi­dent and feel­ing lighter and hap­pier, is a very free­ing feel­ing. Un­like a ther­apy, Alexan­der lessons teaches you to look af­ter your body for the rest of your life, help­ing you to keep your mobility and there­fore keep­ing you in­de­pen­dent for longer.

What a way to go!

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