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Definition of the Alexander Technique

The list of posture related problems seems endless: back pain, neck and shoulder tension, breathing difficulties, headaches, balance and coordination issues, muscle fatigue, various body aches and pains, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and backs, a potbelly, and on and on it goes.


What is the Alexander Technique?

A powerful approach to self-care for over 100 years, the Alexander Technique is a mindfulness-based educational method that teaches you how to recognize and strip away harmful tension habits in your movement and posture. These habits needlessly drain your energy and damage your body's ability to function properly, jeopardizing your overall health and well-being. Through lessons in the Alexander Technique, you can learn to prevent injury, improve function, optimize performance of daily activities, and relieve the pain, muscle tension and stress caused by everyday misuse of the body.


Why Study the Alexander Technique?

Your health is affected by your posture and how you move your body in activity. People who learn the Alexander Technique can better handle stress and develop a long-term solution to chronic pain and muscular tension. They acquire an enduring way to perceive tensions as they arise and to restore their own balance. By stopping tension patterns before they escalate, you prevent the physical wear and tear of stress. You can prevent injury to joints and muscles and increase range of motion by learning how to move with grace and ease. You rehabilitate more quickly from injury or surgery. You learn how to take fuller charge of your own health. With a fuller understanding of how the body works, you can return to activities you enjoy with greater ease, efficiency and a deeper sense of mastery.

Physicians, scientists and health professionals recommend the Technique for numerous reasons, including:

  • Low back pain
  • Chronic neck and shoulder tension
  • Stress management
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Spine and nerve compression
  • Tension headaches and jaw tension
  • Fitness and flexibility
  • Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, sciatica
  • Vocal and respiratory difficulties
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Performance-related issues

 

 

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Michael Veilleux
Teacher of the Alexander Technique
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