Do not worry, this therapy is also suitable for people who are not called "Alexander". The therapeutic body training goes back to the Australian actor Frederick Matthias Alexander, who at the end of the 19th century always had problems speaking. After no doctor could help him, he tracked his problem with the help of body observation in front of the mirror.
Alexander noticed that as he spoke he stretched his head too far forward, blocking his vocal cords.
The solution was a series of relaxation exercises, which gradually led to a comprehensive body workout. Today, the Alexander technique is a method for changing patterns of movement and behavior. The starting point for this is the corresponding mental processes.
The student learns the coordinated handling of himself: tension and pain, which are caused by bad habits such as postural damage, diminish or disappear altogether. This is particularly true for orthopedic damage such as back, shoulder and neck complaints, tennis elbow or mouse arm. Wrong movements, which are exercised for years, often manifest in joint and tension pains.
Recognize wrong movements
What applies to dancers and athletes, meets other people in everyday situations. In pain, you automatically take a so-called restraint, which often reinforce the actual cause of the pain.
A prominent example is back pain, which often causes discomfort at other parts of the body, because one moves unnaturally for fear of false movements. With the help of the Alexander technique, such posture can be recognized and the right treatment of the body in the context of the underlying disease can be worked out. It does not matter whether the complaints are due to an accident or congenital damage.
Alexander teachers can perceive subtle changes in the student's organism and point out with their hands where excess tension can be released.
Even in psychosomatic disorders in which there is a disorder of one's own body image - such as anorexia or bulimia - the Alexander Technique can be used as a support for medical treatment, because, among other things, the perception of one's own body is trained. Parkinson's patients benefit from the Alexander Technique proven by a reduction in their degree of disability.
Grasp it right
How do I lift correctly? How can I lift better? It's easy to imagine how optimized movement techniques are essential for specific work groups. For example, if you work a lot on the computer, who works as a cashier, or as a musician in an orchestra, you can learn the Alexander Technique in private lessons in lessons of 30-50 minutes or in group lessons.
Alexander teachers expect about thirty lessons, until a student has built up such a wealth of experience that he can apply the technology in everyday life. In the individual lesson, the teacher can concentrate fully on his student.
As a rule, he will supplement his verbal explanations with subtle touches of his hands to give the student the opportunity to experience optimal body use. In a group, students can also develop and refine their visual sense because they can observe each other. In addition, the group makes it easier to gain a comprehensive understanding of physical and mental habits, as students exchange views and talk about similarities and differences.