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.
In all sport and fitness activities, the Alexander Technique will help you become more aware of how you think and move.
Central to the Technique is recognising that how you use yourself -mind and body- affects the way you function. Improved body use means minimum effort for maximum efficiency.
Your Alexander teacher will work with you to analyse movement and help you to optimise your performance.
Any sporting activity – running, tennis, golf, skiing, horse riding, football, cricket, etc. – can be enhanced by applying the Alexander Technique.
Greater kinaesthetic awareness will help improve your ability monitor the effectiveness of your efforts beyond increased aerobic capacity and the amount of weight resistance you use.
Going to the gym is also a common activity for health and fitness, but many people hurt themselves working out. You don’t have to be doing a high intensity training regime to risk injury. Preventing injury is a key component of any fitness plan and helping you develop an awareness of how you use your body with the Alexander Technique makes a valuable contribution in this area.
The pressure of performance and the repetitive nature of sports and exercise make it all the more important that you are thinking clearly and using yourself well, so that you perform at your best and avoid injury.
Thinking in activity will boost your performance by
- improving balance and coordination
- improving breathing
- reducing strain
- promoting freedom of movement
- facilitating recovery
- reducing the risk of injury
The benefits of the Alexander Technique apply to everyone, from the complete beginner to the professional athlete, making your sport and fitness training more enjoyable and safe.
My times became faster while training using the Alexander Technique. It was a real boost to my mental training. I can definitely say that I wouldn't have had the rowing success I have had without finding the Alexander Technique and the great teachers that I have had.