Breathing

The way we breathe is affected by everything we do, feel and think, and vice versa.

For example, we tend to hold our breath when making a physical effort or when concentrating. Negative feelings and experiences can also result in inefficient breathing.

If you do this often enough, it then becomes a habit; and you may not know it’s there.

Alexander found that poor breathing was often accompanied by a general stiffness and tension throughout the body.

The Alexander Technique can help you:

  • understand how you interfere with your breathing
  • restore your natural breathing rhythm
  • allow efficient and easy movement of the whole ribcage
  • manage a range of breathing difficulties like asthma
  • improve breathing in exercise, speaking, singing and playing wind instruments

 

I have suffered back pain for a long time and the last 15 years have been a merry-go-round of doctors, drugs and complementary therapies. At the end of my second Alexander session I started to ease into the process. I followed my teacher's instructions between sessions, and found I could focus on my body, its movements and its tensions. It now seems possible to be free of pain and my usual cocktail of painkillers is no longer necessary. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the technique.

Karen Johnson

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