Cycling

Cycling is increasingly popular and there are all kinds of cyclists from the racing and touring cyclist to the around-town commuter. Many suffer stiff necks and shoulders, sore and painful wrists, or aching backs and knees.

The tendency can be to focus on the bike set-up, when it may be the rider who needs to change. For example, when extra power is required to climb a hill or increase speed, do you tense up and grip the handlebars tightly, or push too hard on the pedals?

The Technique trains you to become aware of and change those habits in the use of yourself that may be causing your problem.

Applying the Alexander Technique can help:

  • reduce pain and discomfort
  • prevent injury
  • promote efficient and effortless cycling
  • improve performance

Being more at ease on your bike increases enjoyment and connects you with the pleasure and freedom of cycling.

I started the Alexander Technique due to slight scoliosis and a stretched nerve in my left lower back and I thought it would improve my posture which could only help my injury! I've got far more out of the technique than just improved posture! The first thing that I've learned is how to work with my Alexander Technique teacher and my body to control the pain! When the horrible muscle spasms start, I can now use breathing to help instead of lying on the floor helpless. Instead of focusing on what I can't do or do incorrectly, my teacher has helped me to understand what I do right and to do things that I didn't think that I could do. I found out that I have model hips rather than a twisted spine and that I can sit on an exercise ball without falling over! In short, the technique has made a huge difference to my life. I would recommend it to everyone and strongly believe that it should be on the NHS!

Lyndsey Hayes - Social Sciences teacher
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