Self Care and the Alexander Technique with Michelle Cole

I’m an Alexander Technique teacher based in SE4 offering group introductions to the Alexander Technique (AT) and individual sessions. I’ve been teaching and practising the Alexander Technique for almost 30 years. I often laugh with my students that it’s because I need it more than most that I became an AT teacher.

How can it help? How has it helped me? In my early years as a teenager and young adult I lived very much in my head. I didn’t have much sense of my body or how to connect with it. I tended to push myself hard. My early experiences with Alexander lessons gave me some glimpses of more ease and wholeness and of being more connected and in touch with myself. My neck pain eased.

What we practice grows stronger. In practical terms, AT offers a structure around which to base some simple body thinking ideas that you can practice and that will bring about more ease and more openness in the body and facilitate better breathing.

  • Take a minute right now.
  • As you are reading this post come to a stopped position, however you are at the moment.
  • Bring attention to where your body is making contact; with the floor, perhaps with a chair, where your body is making contact with itself. Still not moving, notice that there is still some movement happening around your breathing.
  • And still not moving, think about how you might be able to have more space for your breathing and better support for your body.
  • Now change your position so you have more space for your breathing and more support for your whole body.
  • See if you can continue reading now with an ongoing awareness of this better support and more space for your breathing.

The Alexander Technique was developed by an Australian, Frederick Matthias Alexander more than 100 years ago. He was an actor who began to have trouble with his voice. What he learned about the cause of his own voice difficulties has so much connection with what is explored in mindfulness and other body work practices and what we are understanding from the latest developments in neuroscience.  We develop habits, both physical and mental, that wear a groove. We tend not to be in the present moment and instead to thinking about the past or the future or to be goal orientated.  We often tighten up and compress ourselves in response to life. These things shape our bodies and impact on how they work, whether it’s our voice, our movement or our breathing. We can respond with kindness and patience as we understand how life has shaped us and explore new ways of being. It’s wonderful to explore these ideas with those who come to my workshops or for individual sessions.

My next workshop at the Sunflower Centre is on Saturday, March 23rd. For further information and booking; email me at michelle@thealexandertechnique.co.uk    phone 07940033728 or see my website www.thealexandertechnique.co.uk  

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