Alexander Technique and Physical Therapy
Taking lessons in the Alexander Technique is a way of taking care of yourself.
One of my students, a 60 year-old businessman, spoke of his lessons as his insurance policy. He wanted to know what he could do to promote healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
He wanted to avoid the typical postural problems that might result from unconscious slumping and malcoordination in moving. And he appreciated time to recuperate from the stress of his job; time to focus on the mind-body learning experience of the Alexander Technique that quieted his mind and relaxed his body.
He also took delight in his new-found control over his posture and movements that he could bring back to the work place.
I consider the study of the Alexander Technique to be a key to health and performance, a way to improve the quality of life. After all, we move and use our bodies every day. Why not learn how our bodies work best?
As a primary approach to self care, the Alexander Technique produces substantial benefits. Over a course of lessons, the student acquires a new index of postural awareness. The student can simply and effectively modify his/her muscular response to stress, initiating new pathways of behavior at will.
As the student's independence increases, accurate proprioception (awareness of joint/muscle position and movement) is heightened and functional strength and overall flexibility increases. The body's carriage is consistently more upright with decreased effort in the musculature of the neck and back. Improved general coordination in daily activities and work efforts results in increased safety and energy conservation.
In addition, the Technique maximizes the benefits of therapeutic and recreational exercise for overall health.
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