The Alexander Technique takes its name from a Australian actor, FM Alexander (1869-1955). By solving his own vocal and breathing problems he made discoveries about postural reflexes universal to free and integrated movement in everyone.
He developed a process that people could learn so that they could let their balance, movement, thinking and feeling be clearer and more effortless.
Do you suffer from:
- Poor posture
- Back/neck aches and pains
- Hunching over a computer
- Fear of public speaking
- Breathing problems
- Lack of composure
Would you like to:
- Improve balance and poise
- Achieve more with less effort
- Restore ease and movement
- Work and sit without strain
- React well to pressure
- Be more resilient
- Reduce anxiety
With the Alexander Technique
- You ease your habitual tensions.
- You begin to allow the unforced prevention of any poor postures and awkward ways of working.
- You get a refreshing dynamic poise.
- You start to sense those spaces between everyday stimuli, and your usual hurried automatic reactions. These welcome breathing spaces allow you a freer choice in your reactions and ways of being.
- You can then be more your own person.
Your voice and body language will improve, letting you:
- Be a more approachable colleague
- Give better presentations and performances
- And create a more comfortable rapport with friends and family.
Try an introductory session
Lessons are taught one-to one and last 30 minutes. (The first one is an hour).
During a lesson, you get gentle manual and verbal guidance in lying down, standing, sitting, breathing, walking, speaking and other simple tasks.
These simple activities form the basis of everyday existence, therefore it is necessary to become aware of any undue and habituated tension that might already be happening at this level.
The more you develop this awareness, the easier it will be for you to unravel and prevent these tensions.
It then becomes possible for you to maintain improved poise and composure, balance and perspective in more complex situations and activities.
Call the Wren on 020 7283 8908 to arrange a first lesson.
- Trial tests effectiveness of treatments for chronic neck pain April 26, 2012
People with chronic neck pain in the York area are being offered the chance to take part in a major clinical trial into the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons and acupuncture sessions.
Run by the University of York and funded by a grant of £720,000 from Arthritis Research UK, the ATLAS trial will look at the effectiveness of the techniques in alleviating neck pain compared with normal GP care.
York GP practices are contacting patients who have previously seen their GP with chronic neck pain, inviting them to take part in the study.
The year-long study which is run by the Complementary Medicine Research Group in the University’s Department of Health Sciences in conjunction with the York Trials Unit, will recruit up to 500 patients in York, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
- “What We Have Here Is A Failure to Communicate” June 20, 2011
The AARP/NCCAM survey found that 50 percent of men and women reported using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Of these, three-fourths used CAM to help prevent illness, and an equal number had turned to CAM to reduce pain or treat painful conditions. Clearly, there are good reasons why so many people are turning to CAMs as part of their efforts to stay healthy, treat health problems or both. But here is the catch: Fewer than one in three people who use CAM have discussed that use with their doctors. And even fewer turned to a CAM at the suggestion of their doctor.
Why is there such a gap? Nearly half of the survey respondents stated that their health care provider never asked them about their use of CAM. Another 60 percent of respondents said that:
There wasn’t enough time to talk about their use of CAM.
They didn’t think their doctors would know anything about CAM.
They thought their doctor would advise them to stop using CAM.
They just weren’t comfortable discussing CAM with their doctor.
- Why your desk job is slowly killing you November 1, 2010
Even if you exercise, the more hours a day you sit, the greater your risk of early death.
Hamilton’s take, which is supported by a growing body of research, is that the amount of time you exercise and the amount of time you spend on your butt are completely separate factors for heart-disease risk. New evidence suggests, in fact, that the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how much you exercise or how lean you are. That’s right: Even a sculpted six-pack can’t protect you from your chair.
Read more here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39523298/ns/health-mens_health/
- Music Therapy For Arthritis November 5, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010,
“For centuries humans have been using forms of music as therapy. This therapy for arthritis may sound new to the age but is a therapeutic concept that helps in releasing endorphins and other substances from brain that lead to changes in heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. Psychological aspects are important in any chronic pain. Many conditions such as fibromyalgia are classified as psychosomatic diseases.”