Using the Mind to Free the Body

A lesson in the Alexander Technique is one of effortless ease — almost as if you were floating without the pull of gravity. You want to package up that floating feeling, carry it off with you, and release it the next time you need to trudge up a flight of stairs. If you have the patience to stick with the lessons, you eventually learn to do just that.
I used the Alexander technique as part of my recovery from a stroke, and also as a way to deal with the muscle and joint discomfort of Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder of the connective tissue.
Developed by a Shakespearean actor named Frederick M. Alexander at the turn of the 20th century, the Alexander Technique has become a way to promote effortless movement in all activities.

The Alexander Technique is based on three main principles:

-Function is affected by use;
-The organism functions as a whole;
-The relationship of the head, neck and spine is vital to the organism’s ability to function optimally;

What is it used for?
Conditions most frequently treated include chronic pain, osteoarthritis, stress and headaches. While there is limited research, it has been found to be effective for these conditions, as well as Parkinson’s disease, breathing problems and anxiety. It is also common for musicians, dancers, singers and actors to use the technique to improve their performances onstage.(See Own Your Health for research citations.)

For more information: http://www.ati-net.com/

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4 responses to “Using the Mind to Free the Body

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  2. Bill Vroom

    I’ve had wonderful experiences with the Alexander Technique – it was a great help for my lower back pain. I’ve found their website at http://alexandertechnique.com to be very useful

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  3. Thanks for writing, Bill. I also really like this site: http://www.ati-net.com/ which was recommended by my excellent teacher.

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