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How does the Alexander Technique work? Towards a scientific model.

How does the Alexander Technique work? Towards a scientific model.

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The Alexander Technique Science

About me

Originally I started taking Alexander Technique lessons to alleviate back pain.  As a teenager I was diagnosed with idiopathic Scoliosis and had to wear a back brace for six years. In my early twenties I struggled with back pain and ended up in hospital with severe back spasms. Luckily my GP recommended Alexander Technique lessons, which alleviated the pain and enabled me to maintain a demanding job and busy family life.

Valerie Symes, Alexander Technique London

While taking lessons with my first teacher Caroline Dale, I experienced so many positive physical and mental changes, that I decided to leave my career in the fashion industry and train as an Alexander Technique Teacher under  Anthony Kingsley at the Alexander Teacher Training School in London.

I am a member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique which is the largest society of Alexander Teachers worldwide (STAT). I work just outside Tunbridge Wells, in Bells Yew Green and I hope to bring my clients the same benefits as I have experienced myself. 

                            

Valerie Symes

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About the Technique

What is the Alexander Technique?

 

The stress we experience in our daily lives leaves an impression on our hearts and minds and results in habitual tension in our bodies. This tension can build up over the years without us even realising it.  Our unhelpful postural habits can cause muscle or joint pain, impaired breathing, headaches, digestive upset and a variety of other conditions. The Alexander Technique is an extremely effective way of releasing these habits and retraining the mind and body to handle stress in a much healthier way.  This mind-body integration brings the stresses and strains throughout our bodies into consciousness and it is these which are often the very cause of our poor health conditions.

 

What happens in a lesson?
 

One-to-one lessons with a qualified teacher are the ideal way to learn. At an initial introductory session, we can discuss what course of lessons is needed.  Everybody is different, so each session will be tailored to your individual needs.  Lessons are usually taken weekly as we are undoing and re-educating a lifetime of habits.  This is a "hands-on" technique and all work is done fully clothed.  I will guide you with voice and a light touch. You will start by observing your habits and we work on simple movements such as sitting, standing and walking, the basis of all movements. There is also table work where you lie on a table and we explore passive movement.  We will discuss your on-going observations and discoveries at home, at work and for any hobbies or sports activities you participate in, so that you are applying the technique to your life immediately. ​

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