The most common work-related health problems in Britain are musculo-skeletal disorders, like back pain and RSI.
Common ‘misuse’ habits, such as slumping at your desk, raising your shoulder when on the telephone, or gripping your computer mouse, can be the source of the problem. The Alexander Technique teaches you to address these habits and release tension, improve posture and promote body awareness.
The Technique can help you avoid strain and injury, whatever your occupation, be it heavy manual work or healthcare; office work or spending hours standing.
The practical mindfulness taught in the Technique helps you deal with mental and emotional stress at work, enabling you to keep a cool head, “think on your feet” and represent yourself with poise and confidence.
Stay focused and relaxed under pressure, perform better and enjoy your job more.
Bringing the Alexander Technique to the Workplace
Alexander Technique has increasingly been recognised as good business practice. STAT certified teachers have worked with many organisations including The Guardian, British Film Institute, ICI, Clifford Chance, BBC, The Job Centre, Hewlett-Packard, Grey Advertising, Chanel, British Library, M&S, and many more.
The government white paper, “Healthy Lives, healthy People”, emphasises the need for businesses to invest in employees’ wellbeing and has moved health at work up the agenda.
This is where the Alexander Technique comes in. Educating employees to take more responsibility for their own wellbeing and look after themselves at work raises awareness of health and fitness. It helps to:
- prevent absenteeism
- improve productivity
- raise workplace morale
- promote better long term health
Alexander Technique lessons in the workplace
It is easy to introduce the Technique in the workplace because it involves no specific exercises or special equipment. Lessons can take place during the working day, when people are better able to directly observe their patterns of response to stress, and can more easily apply what they have learned.
The best benefits are gained when employees have individual lessons at frequent and regular intervals.
Custom-built for your workforce
Alexander Technique teachers can tailor a programme to meet the individual needs of your employees and company.
They can train your employees how to apply the principles of the Technique at their workstation so that they can apply it themselves in activity. This can be at their desk or counters, any manufacturing workstation or loading bay, forklift truck driving etc.
Companies also find it useful to introduce Alexander Technique principles in the form of workshops during staff conferences or as part of staff training days.