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Pauline Wake MSTAT

BENEFITS OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

It’s an investment you make in yourself; its real value lies in learning to apply it in your daily activities, for life.

I became involved with the Alexander Technique in 1992 due to a back problem. I found the technique to be so beneficial to my health and wellbeing that in 1999 I started to train as a teacher. I completed my 3 year full time training course in March 2002 and have been teaching ever since.

Whatever your age, ability or state of health, the Technique can help you get stronger and have more stamina, become more relaxed, think more clearly and recover from injury more quickly.

I am a registered member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and am CRB registered.

http://www.stat.org.uk

What to expect in a lesson

You learn the Alexander Technique through one-to-one lessons

  • Initially you may discuss your reasons for taking lessons and your teacher will explain what happens in a lesson
  • Your teacher will guide you through simple movements and everyday activities such as sitting, standing, walking or bending, communicating through skilful hands-on guidance and verbal explanations
  • Part of the lesson may include lying down in the classic Alexander Technique semi-supine position which allows maximum support for the back to relax and expand
  • Although you will not be engaging in any kind of strenuous exercise, the lesson relies on your active participation
  • Your teacher will recommend that you wear unrestrictive clothing.  Trousers or leggings are ideal.  You may be asked to remove your shoes.

A method of re-education

It is a skill for self-development teaching you to change long-standing habits that cause unnecessary tension in everything you do.  The action of getting in and out of a chair can be done in a habitual way or a more efficient way. [see photo]

Alexander Technique lessons stimulate your ability to learn simultaneously on different levels; physically, intellectually and emotionally.

You learn to recognise your harmful habits, how to stop and think, and to choose a better response. 

Gradually you learn to apply your new understanding and skill in everyday activities and more complex ones, to bring awareness and poise into everything you do.

Just like riding a bike, once learned,  The Technique stays with you for life!

Who can benefit

The Alexander Technique is beneficial to anyone who wants to help themselves and helps millions of people across the world to naturally overcome:

  • Muscle tension and stiffness
  • Back, neck and joint pain
  • Poor posture
  • Breathing and vocal problems
  • Anxiety and stress-related conditions

The Alexander Technique can also be applied when playing a musical instrument, singing, partaking in sports or gardening. Whatever your job or hobby the Alexander Technique can be applied.

Balanced body, balanced mind

Co-ordination and poise rely on the natural balance of the head, neck and back, what F M Alexander called ‘the primary control’.  The Technique works through re-establishing this natural balance to promote easy upright posture and efficient functioning, body and mind.

Quality “me-time”

The regular practice of lying down in the semi-supine position will help in encouraging the changes sought with the Alexander Technique, and is invaluable for maintaining a healthy spine.  It is a way of giving yourself a ‘little Alexander lesson’.

Research

In recent years the Alexander Technique has been shown by medical research to be beneficial to people suffering with chronic and lower back pain together with other conditions. Please click on the Research page for further information.

Cost

Appointments available on Thursday and Saturday mornings

40 minute lesson £35.00

Contact Details:

The Bury Natural Health Centre: 01284 760020 or

direct to Pauline Wake on 07808 184007

or E-mail: paulinewake.at@hotmail.co.uk

For more indepth information visit: http://www.alexandertechniquebury.co.uk