The advice and coaching from my Alexander teacher during training for a London to Paris bike ride transformed my experience immeasurably and I am pleased to say that I was really able to enjoy the event without suffering as many of my co-participants did. I would urge anyone who is considering any physical challenge and is interested in, or, practising AT to seek some specific AT tips and advice.
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.