Learn to walk all over again. The Alexander Technique is a way of teaching better posture and movement to avoid unnecessary tension and to use energy efficiently. It’s used to treat RSI (repetitive stress injury) and to prevent muscular aches and pains.
F. Matthias Alexander was an Australian actor who devised the principles of his technique in the late 19th century after suffering from vocal problems due to muscular tension.
You may have mastered natural movement when you were a toddler, but a lifetime of desk jobs or repetitive activity can play havoc with your musclo-skeletal system. The Alexander Technique teaches a method of movement and posture correction aimed to reduce the physical strain of your every day life.
Lessons in the technique can either be taken one-on-one or in a group class. Your teacher will talk you through the best way to remedy that laptop-hunch or lorry-driver’s cramps. Occasionally, he or she may use a gentle, hands-on approach to guide you to correct alignment. Good breathing techniques are also central to the Alexander technique.
A good understanding of the technique is thought to help students to make more economical use of their energy – so, by wasting less energy with incorrect movement, you’ll have bags of energy leftover to do the fun things in life.
If you suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain, or repetitive stress injury, Alexander Technique could help you to change the behaviour that causes the problem.