How does it work?
It works by helping one to identify and to prevent habitual responses to stimuli that contribute to, or may be the cause of, stress, pain and under-performance. One learns to inhibit these responses to stimuli and to rechannel one's energies to greater effect, thus preventing pain (the body's warning system) and helping one to perform better.
You learn new and constructive choices about the way you think and how you move or stay still. It teaches you to be more aware and how to use this attention by choosing your reactions in different and perhaps stressful situations.
Almost anyone can rediscover freedom and ease in movement by learning to become aware of, and then gradually to prevent the habits of tension and reaction that interfere with or distort natural and healthy patterns of coordination.
The Alexander Technique "reduces pain and muscle spasm, improves co-ordination and flexibility and strengthens postural muscles".
"One-to-one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for people with chronic back pain” (BMJ 2008).
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