what is alexander technique posture
For most people, Alexander technique lessons are safe and pose no health risks. No manipulation of your body is involved, just gentle touch.
The overall aim is to help you gain an understanding of the main principles involved so you can apply them to everyday life, allowing you to benefit from the technique without the need for frequent ongoing lessons.
The concepts we have of “shoulders back, chin up” (or similar) are usually distortions of our innate poise. We learn these “posture myths” when we are so young as to not have any discretion about its usefulness – or how we might attain such posture. Even if the model of “posture” we have is benign, the way we attempt to gain it can undermine the intention to improving posture. With no framework for matching concept with alignment, inappropriate effort is often recruited.
One’s initial observations of self may be simply that everything is normal – i.e. habitual. Alexander Technique forms a framework of intentions that initiate a change in tone and can be a catalyst to improving self awareness. At the same time as holding these intentions, one must refrain from actively making changes, as this will result in the same effect as habit. An indirect procedure must be employed to enable the body to utilise its innate postural mechanism.
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For an example video, hosted by Brett Hershey, on the proper techniques for both sitting and standing with Alexander Technique, view the video here:
Working with your teacher, you will learn to recognise your usual reactions to the stresses of life. You will find out how you have been contributing to your problems, how to prevent them and regain control.
Everyday things like tensing when the phone rings, rushing to pick up the children from school or worrying about deadlines lead to physical and mental strain. Over the years, this accumulates and can cause illness, injury or common aches and pains that may seem to come from nowhere.