Alexander Technique: a skill for life
Benefits of the Alexander Technique
You feel better
with natural and enjoyable poise You get less tired
because you are less tense You reduce pain
because vertebral disks and joints are treated with care You act preventively
against injury and stress You appear more confident
other people are impressed by your presence
Improved co-ordination brings ease into all your activities
For healthy poise, easy movements and mental strength
What can the Alexander Technique be applied to?
Sitting/standing, e.g., at work: easy uprightness; better presentation skills
Playing music and singing: pain free and more precise; improved breathing
Playing sports: better performance, less risk of injury
Fulfilling everyday tasks: more ease, e.g., standing, walking and writing text messages
Reducing and avoiding pain: e.g., solving neck tension and/or back pain, dealing with whiplash injury or RSI/Repetitive Strain Injury; avoiding back pain in pregnancy
Do you make some of these 7 mistakes?
Do you try to sit as comfortably as possible?
Just because it is comfy at the beginning does not mean it is healthy and comfortable in the long run. On the other hand, trying to "sit straight" is most of the time unhealthy.
Are you maybe applying the wrong criteria to check how you sit?
(Luckily healthy sitting can be easy and comfortable!) Do you consider the symptoms to be the problem?
Something hurts somewhere. However, the reason is somewhere else.
Take lower back pain which can be caused in the sternum without you feeling it. Do you think in parts but not about the whole?
One classic 'health tip' is that you are supposed to bend your knees when picking up something. OK, fair enough, the knees play a role. But could it be that you think so much about your knees that you forget the rest? It is easy to recognise this mistake: if your legs get easily tired when bending, you don't know yet how to organise the whole, from head to toes. Do you know if you unconsciously go against the architecture of your body?
In spite of good intentions, most people have developed habits which their bodies are not happy about. The body reacts with pain and complaints to bad habits. Do you consider pain as your problem?
Of course, we want to avoid pain. However, often pain can be very useful for finding and implementing the solution. Do you consider everyday tasks as mundane and boring?
As a German saying goes: Who does not want to listen, needs to feel:
We should not be surprised that our bodies complain when we move badly. It is actually true: The way you move is as important as what you eat. By learning to move with more ease and react without unnecessary tension, people start to appreciate simple tasks as an ideal field to improve their well-being. Do you hope for better results by doing more?
More effort does not automatically mean that you get better results. Nor that you feel better. The key is efficiency: less unnecessary tension and more agile movements.
What happens in Alexander Technique lessons?
Assess status quo and define your goals
Daniel and Raphaela Harbach assess your situation with clear questions, refined observation skills and the latest photo and video technology (photo/video analysis optional) and, more important, they find out what is at the root of any unnecessary tensions and interfering habits. Learning new movement strategies
You learn in lessons how you can move with more ease. At first you will be more guided and get some verbal explanations. Later on you will take more responbility, intiate movement or do a short presentation. Then the Alexander Experts will give you input on how to improve, e.g., the activity or the presentation.
In all lessons you are fully dressed. Transfer the new strategies into your daily life
The Alexander Experts support you in applying the new, improved movement strategies in your daily life, i.e., for your work at the computer, for playing a musical instrument or singing, for doing sports or household and gardening tasks. As a result long-term, sustainable improvements are achieved.
If you have any questions or to sign up for a trial lesson, please call Daniel or Raphaela Harbach on 044-210 2972 or just send us a message.