Cycling

Cycling is increasingly popular and there are all kinds of cyclists from the racing and touring cyclist to the around-town commuter. Many suffer stiff necks and shoulders, sore and painful wrists, or aching backs and knees.

The tendency can be to focus on the bike set-up, when it may be the rider who needs to change. For example, when extra power is required to climb a hill or increase speed, do you tense up and grip the handlebars tightly, or push too hard on the pedals?

The Technique trains you to become aware of and change those habits in the use of yourself that may be causing your problem.

Applying the Alexander Technique can help:

  • reduce pain and discomfort
  • prevent injury
  • promote efficient and effortless cycling
  • improve performance

Being more at ease on your bike increases enjoyment and connects you with the pleasure and freedom of cycling.

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. Some hounds had separated from the main pack and the Master asked a friend to go and bring them back. As the friend ran past me, he asked me to accompany him in order to help him. I was amazed I could run without any pain whatsoever. My back pain had also almost completely disappeared although it remained a small problem for a while. If the pain recurred, I would almost immediately lie down to apply the Technique. It is now many years since I last had back pain. I am now 75 years old and still go out beagling.

Chris Walsh
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