Esoteric Library - Alexander Technique - Taking the pressure of your body
Esoteric Library
Articles

-- 2943 articles here --

Search our entire article base




Esoteric Dictionary Definitions
Search our dictionary.

2943
Article Count

Return to our index page
Review all comments made by readers on articles, in the library
Get notified when there are new articles in a category of interest
Search our complete article base for all your answer
Contact Esoteric Library
Help Esoteric Library
About Pieter Heydenrych
Some Causes worth considering
Return to our Dictionary index page
Create your own author account, and submit articles free

Category : Alternative Health - - - - Previous Page

--> Notify Me when there is an article of interest in a specific category FREE <--

Alexander Technique - Taking the pressure of your body

{written by : Robert Rickover}

Article word count : 747 -- Article Id : 2161
Article active date : 2009-05-23 -- Article views : 3328


Link to this article
Esoteric Library Publishers
Send to a friend
Add to Favourites
Print Article
Notify me of new articles in this category

Rate this article

Current rating : 2.43
Why rate an article?
Putting down your mark helps us to ensure that we are able to get the best to everyone. So please help others to help yourself.

To vote, click on the star of your choice.

Thanks...
?
Article is about :
“Stand up straight!” “Pull your shoulders back!” As children, we were told to have good posture. Yet we were seldom taught effective ways to accomplish this. Indeed, we were often not even told just what “good posture” is.

Reincarnation The Neverending Journey
In Reincarnation The Neverending Journey an attempt is made to explore the conundrum of our existence. An existence that spans yesterday, today and even tomorrow. Questions surrounding the existence of the soul and our connections to the physical world, the fundamental mechanisms and the processes by which reincarnation operates through time, are carefully examined. Plausible revelations on memories and karma and their intrinsic connections to our lives today and tomorrow are explored. It is a Neverending Journey.. Your Neverending Journey....

by Pieter Heydenrych




Search our entire article base






Esoteric Dictionary Definitions
Search our dictionary.




Custom Search



“Stand up straight!” “Pull your shoulders back!” As children, we were told to have good posture. Yet we were seldom taught effective ways to accomplish this. Indeed, we were often not even told just what “good posture” is.

The consequences of this information gap can be seen all around us: stiff necks, shoulders hunched forward or pulled tightly back, lack of flexibility, restricted breathing, and tightness in the thighs, legs and ankles. Backaches, headaches, and other painful symptoms are often the unfortunate result.

By the time we’ve spent a year of two in school, sitting for hours on chairs and at desks chosen primarily for their economy and for the convenience of the custodial staff, we have learned tension patterns that interfere with our natural easiness, balance, support, and freedom of movement. These tension patterns - slumping or stiff “good posture” patterns - become so habitual that they start to feel normal despite the fact that they seriously restrict our breathing and freedom of movement.

The Alexander Technique is a time-tested method of teaching ways to restore our natural balance, flexibility and ease of movement. It teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, releasing more energy for all our activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body that helps you discover a new balance in your body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to all of your daily activities.

The Alexander Technique places a great deal of emphasis on the relationship between your head and neck. The way we manage that relationship has huge implications for the way the rest of our body is organized. If, as is so often the case, we compress our heads down into our spines, a whole series of compensatory tensions is created. On the other hand, if we can learn to allow our head to balance lightly on top of our spine as nature intended, our built in “anti-gravity” reflex is activated and our body is encouraged to release previously held restrictions.

How the Alexander Technique is taught

The Alexander Technique is above all an educational method. Alexander Teachers use a combination of verbal instruction and a light, guiding, touch to convey information to their students. Alexander Technique teaching is done in private lessons and in group classes. Private lessons are usually between 1/2 and 1 hour in length.

Teacher training

Most certified Alexander Technique teachers have completed a three-year full time training course recognized by one of several major professional societies. Typically, the training courses have a student teacher ratio of 5:1 or less, and provide a great deal of individual attention for each trainee.

A few teachers have trained more informally on an apprenticeship basis and some of them have become members of professional societies through a rigorous review process. Not all Alexander Technique teachers are certified and not all teachers eligible for certification are members of a professional society.

Choosing a teacher

All of the major professional Alexander Technique societies publish a teachers’ list as well as on-line listings. Recommendations from friends and colleagues can be useful in choosing a teacher, but you will have to judge for yourself if a particular teacher is right for you.

Ask about his or her training and be prepared to take a few lessons before deciding whether to continue with a course of lessons. If you live in a community with several teachers, have a lesson or two with several before making a final decision.

The basic ideas of the Alexander Technique are not in any way complex or mystical, they do represent a new way of thinking about the functioning of your body and may take a little getting used to at first.

Benefits

Excess tension in your body can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and it can interfere with your ability to perform activities well. Therefore it is not surprising that most people come to the Alexander Technique because they are in pain (backaches, sore necks and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.) and/or because they are performers who want to improve the quality of their singing, playing, acting or dancing.

People of all ages and occupations have benefited from Alexander Technique lessons. The Technique also has its share of famous people who have publicly endorsed it - including two Nobel Prize winners and a great many celebrities like Paul Newman, John Cleese, William Hurt, Sting, James Galway and Yehudi Menuhun.

Author Bio :
Robert Rickover is a teacher of the Alexander Technique living in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also teaches regularly in Toronto, Canada. Robert is the author of Fitness Without Stress - A Guide to the Alexander Technique and is the creator of The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique Web Site at http://alexandertechnique.com

Add a comment to this article
Number of comments for this article : 0
View all comments to this article
View all comments in the Comments Blog


Other reads from the same category

What Is Thought Field Therapy? {by Sonia Devine }
Insights into Diet and Health {by Josef Graf}
Emerald Facial and Sapphire Massage Anyone? {by Howard Beckman}
Alzheimer’s Disease – Natural Treatment With Spices {by Dr Keith Scott}
Allergies, Autoimmunity & DNA Activation {by Sol Luckman}
EFT For Allergy Relief {by Rhonda Sandmoen}
Breaking the Spirit {by Robina Hearle}
Alzheimer's - Rosemary, Carnosic Acid To The Rescue With A Gentle {by Dr Keith Scott}
Electromagnetic Frequencies and Stress {by Frequency Awarenss}
Softening Cracked Heels through herbal ayurveda remedies {by Dr.Savitha Suri}
Other reads by Robert Rickover



This page is sponsored by :
Meditation in Minutes - A Beginners Guide
Learn how to meditate quickly, and in minutes. A complete guide. From this book you will learn what it is, how to do it, how to track it and it will even help you develop some good habits. You will also learn how to use and even create your own guided meditations specifically to help you cut your meditation time significantly, without loosing any of the benefits.

by Pieter Heydenrych
To sponsor this article viewer page - Click Here