Course : Staying young with the Alexander Technique- An introduction to the Alexander Technique – Rainford Village Hall Reception Room
Course level: Beginners
Start Date : Tuesday 9th January 2018
Course times: 10-11.30am
Course Duration: 5 weeks Cost: £40
The Alexander Technique is a skill for self-development to change long-standing habits that cause unnecessary tension in everything you do. Everyone has heard of Mindfulness – well the Alexander Technique is about applying mindfulness to daily life.
The Technique can help you improve your health and well-being with conditions such as: stress, anxiety, RSI, back and joint pain caused by poor postural habits and the pressures of modern life. It also helps improve your balance and co-ordination and gives you confidence in carrying out everyday activities.
This is a gentle introduction where you will be able to pick up skills that you can utilise straight away.
Week 1 : An introduction to the Alexander Technique, who was FM Alexander, what did he discover. Learning to pause. Introduction to conscious awareness in sitting. Driving positions. Getting in & out of a chair with greater ease. Anatomy – main joints used for bending. Constructive rest: a quick and easy way to "reset" your posture.
Week 2: Review of sitting. Bending & lifting using the correct joints & maintaining good posture. How the way we bend can reduce the pressure on our knees & our backs
Week 3: Walking, how the foot works & expanding field of awareness. Learn how to maintain an upright posture & restore your natural balance & move with poise. Climbing stairs with ease.
Week 4: Review of walking and stairs. Improving your balance exercises. Review of bending.
Week 5: Introduction to how the arms & shoulders work in relation to the rest of our body. Applying this to sitting at a computer or doing other activities such as housework & gardening. Review of other things we have learnt during the course.
Each week we will review the progress from the previous week and find out how you are applying what you have learnt to your daily life. The last 20 minutes of each session will involve lying down in the Constructive Rest position which is a great way to reset your posture & de-stress.
Venue address, website and telephone numbers
Rainford Village Hall
Saint Helens, Merseyside