What is the Alexander Technique?
“My work is an exercise in finding out what thinking is.”
Most of our aches, pains and problems are caused by how we do things, and the ways we do things are mainly habitual. The Alexander Technique will get you thinking about how you do things, and will show you how to drop habits and start making constructive choices.
Becoming aware of how you do things and making new choices only works when you are conscious; when you are mindful. You can’t change when you are on ‘autopilot’ – change involves switching off autopilot and being more mindful. But the Alexander Technique is not about being more mindful of your body, or ‘getting back in touch with your body’, because you ARE your body. It’s about mind/body unity, about being your authentic self, living in the here-and-now.
With the Alexander Technique, you’ll find it’s possible to do almost anything – mind and body – without strain or effort, and do it better. You’ll feel a sense of ease, freedom and aliveness you probably haven’t experienced since childhood – and look good too, and be happier. And find your new bodily freedom and more conscious mind is like life in three dimensions.
Yes, the Alexander Technique will change your posture, but probably not in the way you expect. It'll show you how to get back the effortless body you had when you were six - something light, balanced, lively, lithe, buoyant, effortless, moveable, energetic, flexible, fluid, and graceful.
By the way - "core muscles" do not exist!
"Posture" suggests alignment, but the Alexander Technique offers effortless, fluidity and mobility rather than any kind of correct shape.
Stop your habits
You don't decide your future - your habits do.
Yes, the Alexander Technique will almost certainly help your back pain, by showing how to be upright effortlessly and to move effortlessly.
Our aches and pains are mostly caused by how we do things. They can usually be sorted out by learning how to do things in a more natural way.
Make new choices
Our aches, pains and problems are mostly caused by how we do things. To change our problems we have to change how we do things.
Expand your comfort zone
Yes, the Alexander Technique will change your posture, but It will also show you have to get off autopilot and start making new choices.
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