Pregnancy

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.

At about the age of 45, I began to experience severe pain in both of my knees. I was told I had damaged the cartilage, initially caused by the use of a kicking strap on a sailing dinghy, and made worse by many years of beagling, and to stop beagling or risk ending up in a wheelchair. A few years later a friend suggested the Alexander Technique. At first I was very sceptical, but had also reached the stage where I was ready to try virtually any means to solve the problem. A few weeks after my first lesson, I had gone out beagling, but only walking.

Chris Walsh

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