Benefits of Alexander Technique

November 1, 2010
The Alexander Technique is a process of re-education during which the individual unlearns poor posture and movement that has led to tension and sometimes pain in the body. By becoming consciously aware of the strain and unnecessary effort this is putting on the body, the individual goes on to relearn the body’s natural and correct posture and movements.
People who learn this Alexander Technique is taught to release unnecessary tension in their bodies while doing everyday activities like brushing teeth, sitting,eating at the table, sitting at a desk, standing in a queue, driving a car or walking.
The Alexander Technique was developed in the late nineteenth centry by an Australian actor, Frederick Matthias Alexander. During his performances he began to lose his voice. Alexander observed himself with the use of mirrors and found that he had a habit of pulling his head backwards and downwards before delivering his lines.This movement, he discovered, compressed his spine, chest and rib. By focussing on lengthening his neck muscles, Alexander regained his voice control. He went on to explore how rethinking and relearning movements could help numerous other problems. He began to teach his technique first in London and then in the US. The Alexander Technique is still widely taught to students of acting, dance and music.
The Alexander Technique does not treat specific conditions directly; however by relearning postural errors and becoming consciously aware of the need for good posture, individuals can find relief from back, neck and shoulder pain, tension headaches and repetitive strain injury (RSI). Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, hyperventilation and other breathing difficulties can also be helped with the Alexander Technique.

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