We manage our daily activities by using a variety of movements and postures such as walking, standing, sitting or lying down. Be it working at a PC, getting something out of the cupboard, sporting activities or making music – we usually do all these things automatically.
“Habits are like a curtain dividing our needs and our actions”
During the period of our lives we develop habitual routines which help us to act without being conscious of or thinking about “how” we do these things. We very rarely question how we stand, sit at the desk, take something out of the cupboard or drive back home during rush hour.
We just do it. But quite often we get out of our seat at the desk because we have become too uncomfortable or get back and/or neck and shoulder pain after a long distance journey. Sometimes, especially when we are stressed we cultivate movements and positions which limit our mobility which can create back, neck, shoulder and headaches, nervousness and joint problems as a consequence.
Alexander-technique offers possibilities to recognise those habits and ways of resolving those issues in order for us to do the things we want to do with more freedom and a feeling of wellbeing: automatic movements and thought patterns linked to them can be unearthed and consequently be changed so we that we can be more conscious and act accordingly in our daily lives. This means we can learn how we can sit at the desk for longer with ease, how we can get through long distance journeys and rush hour without unnecessary tension and how we can use our voice or play an instrument with ease.
“Stop before you start” (Sting) could act as a first commandment for this.
Because quite often we react to demands instantly and automatically. With the help of Alexander-technique you can learn to consciously take a step back, assess the situation first and then act accordingly.