Alexander is a Western therapy that was born in 1890 and was designed by Frederick Matthias Alexander. It is a method that brings relaxation but also benefits for the physical health of man.
The indications of this technique are many, from lumbar, cervical, neck, shoulder, spine deviation, muscle and joint pain, respiratory problems, insomnia, severe headaches or anxiety disorders.
Frederick Matthias Alexander was born in 1869 in Wynyard, Tasmania. He was a sick child, with little chance of survival. As an adult, he became an actor, the Australian suddenly interrupted his career when he lost his voice. As no one found his cure for his medical problems, the actor tried to solve them by himself. Practically, he noticed how he tightened his neck muscles when he was on the stage, and his posture changed, which led to the tension of the vocal cords. When he did, he corrected and solved his voice problems. In this way, he designed this technique of relaxation that bears his name.
Concretely, with her help, self-awareness, mind and body, and the way they work, can be used together to combat pain caused by bad habits and certain illnesses. But this technique does not really treat illnesses, but it’s only a way of helping people improve their health in general.
So, for example, if you make a wrong move, too much effort and notice that you are tense later when doing certain activities, driving, cycling, or sitting at the computer, and they get physical discomfort then Alexander can help you. But you need a specialist and a few sessions. Later, you can practice alone, at home, this relaxation method.
Here are the benefits of Alexander’s technique:
- Helps eliminate posture deficiencies.
- Increases vitality, improves coordination and movement.
- Combats muscle and joint problems. Improves recovery capacity after injuries or operations.
- Breathing is easier.
- Improves resistance to stress and pain.
- It develops creativity, confidence and self-control.
Alexander’s technique teaches us how to properly use our own body: how to move, stand up, breathe, learn, how we organize our focus and attention, and especially how we master our reactions in demanding situations. According to Alexander’s technique, restoring a natural relationship between head, neck, and backbone is an essential condition for the quality of all movements. All people are affected by the wrong behaviors (automatisms) of the body, breathing, movements and tensions. These automatisms cause a number of problems: back or head pain, fatigue, breathing difficulties, loss of mobility, impaired ability to learn and react to stress. All of these mistakes are the guilt of sedentarism. In conclusion, Alexander’s technique teaches us to observe postural behaviors that can harm the body’s balance. For example, specialists in this technique usually begin the first lesson, helping the student to relieve excessive tension in very simple positions and movements: sitting, standing, lying down or walking.
How to learn this technique:
First of all, you need an instructor, at least during the first sessions. The principle of the technique is this: areas in which there is excess strain must be consciously destined. This action will allow the body to move from the compression to the natural state. Specifically, tense muscles will become more relaxed, and the person will have more mobility, you will be relieved of tension, you will be able to use your right body and improve your quality of life. The process is also inversely from sensory balance to physical balance.
This technique is helpful as a complementary therapy, especially for those who spend a lot of time at the office, who have back, neck pain, those who suffer from repetitive movements. Practically, the indications of this technique are many, from lumbar, cervical, neck, shoulder, spine deviation, muscle and joint pain, respiratory problems, insomnia, severe headaches or anxiety disorders. Alexander’s technique is recommended for all people, regardless of age, who suffer a wrong postural alignment, which unconsciously adopts vicious positions in everyday life.