The Alexander Technique is highly effective for those suffering with joint neck shoulder and back pain. A single lesson will introduce people to a more effective way of working their bodies and can start them on a path that will have lasting and beneficial effects on their posture, energy level, and general sense of well being.
What happens in a lesson?
Typically a lesson will last about half an hour. During that time the teacher will work with the student on the use of the body in basic functions such as standing, and sitting on a chair.
Over the course of the lessons the student will notice their posture and movement changing as old habits are unlearned and new ones become more natural. Students often describe the muscular release of lessons as having an 'opening out' effect or a revitalisation. Easier breathing, improved circulation and a more balanced posture can be the result of a half hour session which apparently is little more than extended periods of standing and sitting.
During the lesson the teacher will give guidance in the form of clear directions, and explanations of what is going on and the purpose behind the directions.
Research carried out by the University of Southampton has found that while lessons in the Alexander Technique and exercise were both effective for managing low back pain in primary care, patients preferred the Alexander technique.
Patients were assigned to either Alexander technique lessons or exercise and initially about 40% of each group were positive about the option they were following, but after three months 66% of those learning the Alexander technique felt positive compared to 44% of those doing exercise.
Patients reported many obstacles to exercising but few to learning and practising the Alexander technique because it “made sense”, it could be practised while they did everyday activities or relaxed, and the teachers gave advice and support.
Therapist(s) that offer Alexander Technique:
|Alexander Technique - 60 Minutes|
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