Pain may be caused by a medical condition OR by muscle tensions that you are holding unconsciously.

What People Say

I do 10-15 minutes of semi-supine everyday and sometimes remember to focus on unclenching my back etc during the day— but the semi-supine definitely.  Aditi Rao, potter, poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Problem with Pain

Pain is a complex phenomenon. There is still no clear and established theory of pain and how it can be managed or prevented.

It may be caused by a medical condition OR by habitual muscle tensions that you are holding unconsciously.

The first step in dealing with pain is to go for a check up to find out if your pain has a medical reason.

If Your Pain is Caused by a Medical Condition

  1. You need medical help.  You need to consult a doctor you trust and are comfortable with.
  2. The Alexander Technique can be a useful supplement. Once you have got medical help, it’s very likely that the Alexander Technique can be a useful complement in the healing process.
Young woman holding her lower back with both hands. Habitual muscular tension can result in pain in the neck, back and shoulders

Back Pain Can Have Several Causes

 

If Your Pain is Caused by Muscular Tension

  1. Medical treatment may not work. It can certainly reduce tension, but if holding tension is your habit, you’ll just go straight back into it.
  2. The Alexander Technique can help. It helps you reduce the habitual muscular tension you carry. Your movements then put much less stress on your muscles.

How do you know the difference? Well, the doctor will tell you if there’s no medical condition as such, and your pain is caused by tension, or stress, or bad posture. In this case, the Alexander Technique can help.

 

 

Young man lifting a bucket, straining his back.  Habitual muscle tension while doing ordinary things can result in pain

Everyday Actions Can Carry Tension

Tension in ‘Invisible’ Actions

This is the tension you carry in yourself as you do  the simple, everyday activities of your daily routine.

  1. Sitting down
  2. Standing up
  3. Walking around
  4. Holding a cup of tea
  5. Reaching for things

These same tension patterns then get carried over into more complex activities like your computer work, or your performing, where they cause much more damage and pain.

 

 

Young woman lifting a box from the floor by bending her knees and keeping her back straight. Learn to do difficult movements without habitual muscle tension, and you'll be pain free

Learn to Move Without Tension

How Can the Alexander Technique Help?

The Alexander Technique helps you get to the root of the problem.

It helps you

  1. recognise the tension as it builds up
  2. release it before it becomes active pain.
  3. apply these skills to your daily activities

 

 

Activities You Can Try

Perhaps you’d like to try some activities for yourself?

  • You can start with Active Rest, which is a way of lying down that can rest and refresh you.
  • If you want to explore further, check out Things to Try. The activities here will give you an idea of what Alexander Technique work is like.
  • You can also opt for lessons.  Courses gives you an overview of your options so you can figure out what works for you. You can go to Individual,  Group or Online courses if you want to check them out directly.
  • Prefer an introductory lesson straightaway? Contact me to book a lesson.

In comparison with our knowledge of the forces operating in the external world, we know next to nothing about the forces operating inside our own skins. (Frank Pierce Jones)