Twelve months ago I ruptured a disc in my lower back, which caused a lot of pain, but the most distressing fact was that I came very close to needing to have back surgery.
I had only heard about Alexander Technique, and actually thought it was something like Pilates. During the initial consultation the teacher explained the philosophy behind Alexander Technique and how it could help me "look after" my body. The success of using this Technique is very much in the hands of the "student/patient" and not just like a physiotherapy style treatment.
I've learnt how to "listen" to my body, to understand how to move correctly to stop putting pressure on so many parts of our body, when I make one single movement. I decided to give it a go, and committed myself to 10 lessons.
For the first couple of weeks I went twice a week, to really start to comprehend what this was all about. This is a very gentle procedure, and at no time did I experience any pain from learning new techniques in sitting, bending and even how to walk more evenly!
After my initial 10 lessons, I committed to another 10, so that I could really cement the basic philosophy of Alexander Technique. I am now one year on, experience no sign of pain, but have an odd "twinge" if I fall back into the "old habits" of bending incorrectly.
In a nutshell Alexander Technique is learning to change "bad habits" of a lifetime in regard to how we look after ourselves. This is more a "mental" training than a typically physical exercise. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend anyone try Alexander Technique as a natural way to heal a physical injury .
J. McFarlane, P.A.
Until a car accident I enjoyed perfect physical health.
I received multiple fractures in a high speed head on, including crush fractures to my back. At the time I was 2 weeks pregnant (my baby was unharmed). I spent about a year after the accident inactively. I lost most of my muscle.
Once mobile again I attended physiotherapy and hydrotherapy twice a week. I did exercises to improve my strength, and mobility everyday.
After about nine months of this I was still experiencing terrible pain in my back. My posture was very poor even though I had followed my physio's advice. I had read about the Alexander Technique when I was growing up and decided that it was now what I needed to get better.
I started lessons and felt an improvement after just the first lesson and am now well on the road to a pain free life. The Alexander Technique has taught me how to stand in my body the way nature intended and how to take care of my body so it can recover and take care of itself.
I would recommend Alexander Technique to anyone who is experiencing disharmony with their body. The Alexander Technique has brought me back in touch with myself the way nature intended me to be, the way a child is instinctively in tune with herself. After hard work and time I hope to be that way again.
Angela Lewins, Parent
The following conditions have ceased or been reduced through my course of Alexander lessons:
Neck vertebrae crunch when I turn my head. Persistent neck pain on either or both sides. Neck, chest and shoulder pain on waking. Often woken by pain around 4 am. Chest and shoulder pain after manual work. Episodes of severe spinal pain caused by combined beriding and twisting movements. Feelings of discomfort and bad temper after a daytime sleep - since teens. Pain in both hips, mostly on the left. When falling asleep after manual work would suddenly wake and need to draw breath as though my chest had stopped working. Severe stiffness in neck, back and legs when getting out of car after drive from farm. Pains in chest when starting exercise which disappear with warming up. White middle finger on both hands when cold. Numbness less obvious in second toes.
Rupert Palmer, Retired CSIRO Engineer
Alexander Technique not only teaches but helps you discover for yourself where you need to change your habits of movement. I no longer get a nasty shoulder blade pain after concentrated typing on the computer for only a short while and can play the piano for longer periods.
Warm regards Janice Vine