& body process work in Midhurst and Chichester
Skills to look after yourself as you get older
As we age we become more aware of how much we depend on our bodies, and how important it is to take care of them. This is also often a time when it can feel as if our body is letting us down more than it used to. It can get hurt more easily, and take longer to heal, and we can start to lose the ease of movement, balance and easy upright posture that we had when we were younger.
The Alexander Technique is a proven resource which can help you to take care of your body as you age to help you avoid injury, and to maintain your posture, balance and poise.
Over the years many of us accumulate a great deal of muscular tension in our bodies, and this can gradually result in distortion, poor alignment and pain. It can also cause problem with our body's balance mechanism which doesn't work properly unless we are in a relaxed state. When we grow older the effects of the strain that our body has been under over many years can start to become more noticeable. Fortunately, however, human beings are very resilient and it is never too late to make positive changes!
In Alexander lessons we look at your movement patterns and the way you hold yourself against gravity to see what you are doing that is putting your structure under unnecessary pressure and strain. As you becomes aware of what you are doing to pull yourself out of shape I show you how to let go from that into a new feeling of freedom and ease. This take the strain off nerves, muscles and joints, and allow the body to heal and return to balance. It's not uncommon for people to 'grow' a few centimeters in height in the course of having lessons, simply because they are no longer pulling themselves down and instead allowing themselves to expand and lengthen as nature originally intended. It can feel a little like taking off a rucksack you never knew you were wearing!
The Alexander Technique has been helping people live, move and feel better for almost a hundred years, and its beneficial effects have been validated by many scientific studies. You can read about some of them here.
Learning the Technique
Alexander Technique is best learned in one-to-one lessons. We work with everyday movements such as sitting, standing, speaking and walking, to find out where we are putting our bodies under unnecessary strain and tension and how we can move towards more ease, freedom and poise in our activities.
The Alexander Technique is not a quick fix and it is not a 'treatment'. It is something you learn and apply for yourself. It is likely to be a good fit for you if:
- You are ready to take responsibility for your own health and destiny and make positive changes if necessary to help you to take care of yourself as you age.
- You like to learn new things and are willing to grow and enjoy the journey
- You are willing to commit a little time each day to work with what we do in the lessons.
I qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher in 2001 after three years training. I live in Midhurst, West Sussex and also offer lessons in Bosham, near Chichester.
I first discovered the Alexander Technique when I was looking for a cure for Repetitive Strain Injury. The Alexander lessons not only solved my problem but had such a beneficial effect on the way I feel and function that I decided to train as a teacher. I have found the Technique to be an invaluable asset in my life. It's effect on my overall sense of long-term wellbeing has been enormously beneficial and it has opened up possibilities which are much more profound and far reaching than I expected at the beginning — learning the Technique was the best gift I ever gave myself!
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