What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique was developed over a hundred years ago and is a powerful method of learning to operate the bodies we live in more effectively. It helps us get out of bad habits of mind and body and to improve how we do every day activities. It is not a series of exercises or a treatment but an educational method to learn how to release harmful tension and only use what you need for an activity, and no more.
Why should I learn it?
The Alexander Technique has long been recognised as making a distinctive contribution to health, well-being and overall performance. It helps us deal with aches and pains and to move more freely and with ease. It can help ease the pain of chronic health problems, address bad backs caused by sitting or standing all day and help us live our lives with less tension.
The Alexander Technique is highly experiential so come and try it to see what it is all about.
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What to expect in a lesson
Lessons take place ‘in activity’ so that might be sitting in a chair, going from sitting to standing, speaking, walking or any other activity you can think of (within the confines of the space available). The teacher will interact with the student verbally and also through the use of hands, using a gentle guiding touch to subtly suggest changes to the student. Many people find this gentle touch extremely relaxing, as they let go of tension. The student remains fully dressed and every day clothes are all that is required.
A lesson also usually includes a more in depth discussion about Alexander’s work and the principles that underpin it so that the student can learn the Technique for themselves.
Regular courses in the Alexander Technique are run at both the Ealing and Uxbridge clinics and these are taught in small groups; group learning is a powerful way of accelerating understanding of the Technique. Individual lessons are also available.
We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.
What our Patients say:
I work long hours at a desk and often get back ache. After a lesson with Lynsey I felt so light and the back pain was gone. I did not realise it could be so easy and I loved the way she engaged my brain…
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