An Alexander Technique teacher teaches you how to work with yourself so that you can deal with your problem effectively.
What Can the Alexander Technique Give You?
Very often people decide to learn the Alexander Technique, but for all the wrong reasons!
What are the wrong reasons? Read right on!
It may make the difference between satisfaction and disappointment in your Alexander journey.
It’s Not a Medical Solution
It cannot help you with a medical condition. For example, if you have back pain, you do need to go for a check up with a qualified medical practitioner. There are other causes for back pain – for eg, kidney problems – that will need medical intervention.
Once the doctor has cleared you for those, the Alexander Technique can help you help yourself.
If you’re taking treatment for your condition, there’s a good chance that the Alexander Technique can be a useful support in your healing.
It Doesn’t ‘Fix’ You
An Alexander Technique teacher does not ‘treat’ your back pain – or any other problem – and make it go away.
She teaches you how to work with yourself so that you can deal with your problem effectively.
It’s essential that you’re clear about this difference, because the mindset with which you go for treatment is very different from the mindset with which you go for a lesson!
Just to be clear – it’s not that one is better than the other. They are different.
It’s Not an ‘Instant’ Solution
This applies across the board – whether you’re considering the Alexander Technique for problems of pain, performance, posture or anything else, you will find that things don’t change instantly.
You will certainly feel a greater sense of ease and lightness, even an absence of pain after a lesson, but it needs your consistent, thoughtful input for you to see a sustained improvement.
It’s a skill – and skills need practice to establish themselves.
Once you understand these points, you can also be clear about how exactly the Alexander Technique can help you.
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. At the moment, the safest option is the online one. You can explore ways to improve your posture, or sharpen your performance skills, or manage pain issues, in the comfort of your own home. Go on to Online Learning to check the options available to you.
- Prefer an introductory lesson straightaway? Contact me to book a lesson – online, of course!
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You’re on track for an exciting, productive Alexander journey. Take it as far as you want!
The Alexander Technique sets a person free form the slavery of habit, but it brings responsibility with it. (Frank Pierce Jones)