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Alexander Technique and dealing with uncertainty

Written by Lynsey Metcalfe   Posted in:Alexander Technique   July 2, 2020

Alexander Technique and dealing with uncertainty
If you have heard of the Alexander Technique, and not everyone has, then generally people think it is about having good posture: stand up tall, elongate your spine, think books on your head, that sort of thing. But this isn’t the case. The Alexander Technique is absolutely about how we move, sit, stand and do all sorts of activities and yes, that involves ‘posture’ to some extent but it is much more than that. Alexander’s work was pioneering in the early twentieth century because he looked long and hard at the link between thinking and movement. He realised that every activity that we did was determined by our thinking. This means that our ideas, beliefs, worries, world paradigm and so on are all reflected in how we use ourselves in movement and the amount of tension that we put into what we do. If only we could use only the amount of muscular tension that we need and no more, if only we could learn to move fluidly and easily, how much simpler things would be. 

You might ask, what has this got to do with dealing with uncertainty? The last few months have been the epitome of dealing with uncertainty, uncertainty over our health and that of our loved ones, uncertainty about jobs, about the world around us and what this ‘new normal’ will eventually look like. When we are under this sort of pressure, we tend to revert to our old, instinctive, habitual behaviours. Old habits of mind and body come to the fore and it is hard to react in a reasoned, mindful way. We might start carrying more tension than usual or have thoughts that run away with us, leading to worry and anxiety or physical discomfort like headaches or backache.

Alexander’s work helps us deal with an uncertain and unpredictable world. His technique teaches us that our environment is constantly changing and the pace of change in the world is accelerating. In order to keep up with this and to respond accordingly, we have to learn to have flexibility of mind. A flexible mind and a more conscious, reasoned approach to life helps us reduce tension in everyday activities and operate in a more effective way. So much more than good posture!

Lynsey Metcalfe is a member of the Bridge to Health team, a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique and registrant of the Complementary and Natural Health Council. She is also a master personal trainer and sought after public speaker at corporate and industry events. 
If you want to find out more, please contact her for more information on 07957 417718 or at hollandwellbeing@gmail.com. 


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