The Alexander Technique helped me release tension which I was previously unaware that I had, in particular when standing at the tee. In the past my mind would have been elsewhere and my thoughts made me more tense. Applying the Technique I discovered relaxing the jaw, feeling my socks in my shoes, sensing the ground beneath my feet and just being there really helped. My drive distance improved and I cut 5 shots in one game. I now play much more relaxed by applying these principles and am more aware of the moment and less focused on the outcome (what Alexander Technique teachers call end-gaining) and my drive distances have improved through being more relaxed and having greater freedom of movement.
The Alexander Technique can give a new dimension to your experience of horse-riding.
Sitting with an easy, balanced upright posture in the saddle will help you tune in with your horse. If, on the other hand, you are stiff and unbalanced, your horse will feel it and will not respond to your instructions or perform to its optimum potential.
Any tendency to squeeze with the knees, sway the torso in transitions and pull too much on the reins makes it uncomfortable for the horse to carry the rider.
The Alexander Technique will help you:
- become aware of the way you use your own body
- improve balance by releasing excess tension
- improve your natural aids as a rider and
- be more sensitive to your horse’s resistance
You’ll enjoy your riding more, with a better technique and a happier horse.