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How the Alexander Technique empowers those stuck in a sedentary ‘rut’.

Written by Lynsey Metcalfe   Posted in:Alexander Technique   May 24, 2018

How the Alexander Technique empowers those stuck in a sedentary ‘rut’.
The Alexander Technique is all about the relationship between thinking and movement. Movement means any activity and that includes sitting! Even if we are sitting very still, we are still in movement. Issues can arise when we use far too much tension for these activities as, over time, sitting with too much tension or ‘interference’ can cause back aches and twinges that won’t go away. Besides, creating all that muscle activity is exhausting so sitting for long periods can actually be extremely tiring.

We cannot always get away from the fact that we might need to be more sedentary than our ancestors. Office based jobs and computer work means that we have a limited choice about how much we sit. Of course, we should all be doing what we can to stand, walk and be more active - but is there anything we can do to make sitting easier?

The Alexander Technique teaches us to operate in such a way that whatever the activity we are doing, we do it in the most effective way possible. That means eliminating excess tension, using only the things we need and no more. When I first started learning the Alexander Technique, my teacher asked me ‘what would your life be like if you only used what you required and no more?’. I could almost feel the enormous sense of relief as my mind and body said, ‘Yes please, I’d love that!’.

If you can learn a process whereby you can sit, stand and move more effectively, you are going to be using less energy, less tension, less mental and physical effort. It is extremely empowering to have exercise conscious, reason-based control, over what you do and how you do it. We live in our bodies and should learn how to operate them to their best potential. The Alexander Technique has been teaching people to do this for well over 100 years and the NHS recognises this as a discipline that can help people with long term pain conditions.

Lynsey Metcalfe is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (Interactive Teaching Method). She teaches individual and group lessons at both the Ealing and Uxbridge clinics as well as providing corporate services. Contact her on 07957 417718 or at lynsey@bridgetohealth.co.uk for more information.


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