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What is Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a practical method that will help you restore the natural balance and coordination of your head- neck and back. This balance of your head on the top of your spine (called the atlanto-occipital joint) is essential for the well functioning of your whole body and free movement; the spinal column, muscles, joints and breathing are all affected by it. When out of balance, by either pulling down or straining up, your muscles need to work much harder than necessary, making them overworked and tense. Joints and organs will get too much pressure and the intervertebral discs loose their volume and springiness.
The Alexander Technique also focuses on our sixth sense, the kinesthetic sense of proprioception. This sense tells you where your body is in space (for instance; you know where your neck is, without having to look in the mirror). Under the influence of unhelpful habits this sense has sometimes lost its reliability. For instance; your neck is clearly forward when sitting behind the computer, but you don’t notice it. For your sixth sense your neck feels straight! Until you look in the mirror or you see yourself in a picture....
By learning the Alexander Technique you will gradually restore the reliability of your sixth sense. In that way you will get the reliable message ‘my neck is actually forward in space’ without the help of a mirror. Consequently the Alexander Technique will give you the means to allow your neck to release into a more balanced upward place while maintaining full natural breathing.
The unique part of the Alexander Technique is that you don’t have to stop doing what you are doing in order to practice it. When you have learned the basic principles you can put them into practice while riding your bike, working at the computer or playing your instrument. It is not only very efficient but also very calming; you get a lovely sense of being while you are doing.
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