Who Can Benefit from the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique helps with:
- Back, neck, shoulder, and joint pain
- Muscle tension and stiffness
- Postural concerns
- Anxiety, stress-related conditions
The two most common benefits of the Alexander Technique are relief from back pain and improved posture.
The American Society of Alexander Technique, Am SAT, says that a leading contributing factor of musculoskeletal pain is unrecognized patterns of excess tension. People tend to respond to pain by tensing further. This, in turn, exacerbates discomfort. The Alexander Technique teaches a student how to break this cycle.
A series of lessons help a student to identify habits of moving that may be contributing to one’s pain. Each lesson brings new insights that a person can apply immediately. Within the first 6- 10 lessons students will likely notice that what they are experiencing in their lessons is carrying over into their daily life.
AmSAT states that as lessons continue and understanding grows, a student will be able to apply what they learn to a wider range of activities. Instead of a quick fix with a fleeting effect, lessons result in gradual change and long-lasting results. Because it teaches how to recognize and unlearn habitual patterns, the Alexander Technique is known for its effectiveness in relieving neck, back and joint pain for the long term.
People who have pain find the Technique gives them insight to the impact of the head-neck-back relationship. This awareness enables them to have tools for reducing or eliminating pain. Those who have postural issues find themselves standing “taller” without extra effort, having better balance and come to experience a fluidness in their movement.
While people take lessons to relieve pain or to improve posture, they discover the broader application of the Technique to everyday activities such as sitting, standing, typing, even talking on the phone or brushing one’s teeth!
Over time they also come to enjoy the lightness and freedom of movement and poise they develop and the fluid ease of movement in everyday activities.