I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe. Soon after that my teacher said I had learnt enough to incorporate the technique into my everyday life and manage my situation myself.
Pregnancy is a good time to consider your own body and the one growing inside you.
The principles of the Alexander Technique applied at this time of great physical and psychological change can help you make the pregnancy and birth less stressful and demanding on body and mind.
The Technique can help you:
- cope with the weight of the growing baby
- learn movements and positions to facilitate natural labour
- manage pregnancy complaints such as backache, breathlessness and tiredness
- recover fitness and well-being faster after birth
You can learn the Alexander Technique any time in your pregnancy but the earlier you start the more you will benefit. Some teachers work with expectant couples.
What you learn with the Technique during your pregnancy will also be helpful when feeding and caring for your new baby, as the AT is an important tool in learning how to manage the enjoyable yet demanding tasks of parenting. Learning to look after yourself while carrying, washing, feeding, bedding, or lifting your baby, will equip you with better coping skills and make the extra demands on your body more manageable.