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.
RSI (also known as WRULD - Work Related Upper Limb Disorders) is not new but has increased with the widespread use of computers. It can be distressing physically, mentally and emotionally. Sufferers endure pain, burning sensations and loss of muscle strength and face reduced capacity to work or perform simple daily activities.
Excessive tension is often the root of the problem. A typical response to symptoms is to tense up even more, which can lead to a vicious circle.
With the Alexander Technique you gradually improve your fundamental co-ordination and ‘self-management’ in all activities, thus minimising the possibility of RSI occurring in the first place or getting worse.
The Technique teaches you to:
- Become aware of and prevent habits of tension.
- Change your reactions to the RSI symptoms.
- Reduce pressure on joints.
The AT is a practical, constructive approach that can be applied in your daily life and not a set of exercises to be done over and above your normal commitments. It teaches you that in any moment you have a choice to react with your old level of tension or in a new way.
With a growing awareness of real choice, positive change becomes a possibility.