Alexander Technique Is A Natural Stress Buster
Unfortunately, many people haven't heard about the Alexander Technique. This is a wonderful set of principles that teaches us a self-awareness of how our body should move throughout the day. Most of us pay very little attention to our physical activities of sitting, walking, standing, and even breathing. According to the Alexander Technique, unnecessary stress exists in our body due to incorrect posture, and poor alignment of head and spine. The technique involves a whole body approach that helps reduce tension within our body by changing body habits through proper education. So who was Frederick Alexander, the originator of the technique? What does research say about this technique? What can this technique do for you?
Who on earth was Frederick Alexander (1869—1955)?
Frederick Alexander was an Australian, Englishman that worked as a Shakespearean actor. While performing he began to have voice difficulties. In an attempt to understand his voice problems, he spent many years researching the effect of body movements, balance, and coordination on body tension and overall health. His discoveries were ahead of his time. He successfully developed a technique to balance out body movements that would enhance the quality of life. He resolved his own voice problem. In addition, he taught fellow actors his technique and instructors that have spread this technique worldwide.
What does the research say about this technique?
University of Cincinnati Children's Hospital conducted a study in 2010 confirming the benefits of the Alexander Technique during surgery. Doctors performing minimally invasive surgery at times suffer "Surgical Fatigue Syndrome." Doctors in this study while in surgery implemented the Alexander Technique posture. They improved their surgical skills in a shorter period of time, improved their overall posture of the spine, neck hand and fingers, while improving their postural endurance of their trunk and shoulder stability.
In the 1960's and 1970's, Frank Jones at the Tufts University conducted studies using electromyography and EMG equipment. His studies showed a reduction in stress levels when the Alexander Technique was implemented.
"The Alexander Technique stresses unification in an era of greater and greater medical specialization. Its educational system teaches people how to best use their bodies in ordinary action to avoid or reduce unnecessary stress and pain. In enables clients to get better faster and stay better longer. This is undoubtedly the best way to take care of the back and alleviate back pain." - Jack Stern, MD, PhD, Neurosurgical Group of Westchester, White Plains, NY
What can this technique do for you?
As indicated in the above study, if it can help surgeons maintain endurance in stressful situations, what could it do for you? This…
ease stress by doing tasks easier and simpler
alleviate excess stress while sitting at your computer
helps stress in pregnancy and delivery
aid in reducing stress connected with back pain
improve balance, body movement, and coordination which boosts self-confidence
Alexander Technique—a Great Natural Stress Buster
The Alexander Technique is a great choice for many people. There are over 2500 certified teachers worldwide. Certified teachers go through a three-year training course. Classes may be offered in your area. Check. However, you may just want to learn a couple of exercises to alleviate a few areas of tension or stress in your body. Good news. There are plenty of free online videos and instructions to get you started. If you desire more information, there are many books and DVD's published on the subject. All of this information can be found on the internet.
Remember, the less tense your body is means you will be better equipped to cope with those daily stresses. Get ready, go…with the Alexander Technique.
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