I'm a 40 year old man who works as a support worker. I was suffering from sciatic pain for a few years. I had tried many methods to alleviate the pain, including various exercises, but these only brought short-term relief. One day when I was looking for some natural medicine to ease the pain, I came across the Alexander Technique. I initially booked a course, which relieved my sciatic pain, and I now have regular sessions. I recommend the Alexander Technique, especially to anyone who has suffered from sciatica or posture difficulties. It has helped me to be more mindful how I move around, and how I sit and stand. I see a big difference with pain relief since I’ve started lessons in the Alexander Technique.
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.