According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) , The Alexander Technique is an education/guidance system to “improve posture and movement, and to use muscles efficiently“. The “Alexander technique” denotes both the educational methods used by Alexander teachers and the individual bodily awareness methods taught. Students practice the technique to recognize and become free of habituated limitations in their manner of movement as well as for other benefits.
This technique is usually taught in a one to one setting from teacher to student. It is based on the theory that we waste too much precious muscle energy doing simple basic functions such as sitting or laying down. The AT is a method for becoming conscious of yourself in a manner which will allow you to reduce making too much of an effort and allow the design of your body to work well.
This techniques is believed to have many benefits for the physical and emotional aspects of the body such as:
• reduces tension
• helps with movement & breathing
• improve flexibility
• refine athletic skill
• manage & even eliminate pain
• improve posture
• increases energy
The Alexander technique was founded over a century ago! However up until recent years there was no science to back it up. In 2008 the British Medical Journal conducted a study and revealed their findings to be positive for treating back pain -including sciatica.
For more information check out this article titled :
Could Alexander Technique Lessons Be The Most Effective Sciatica Treatment Available?
Want to see a video about this technique?
Mark Josefsberg – The Alexander Technique
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