I started the Alexander Technique due to slight scoliosis and a stretched nerve in my left lower back and I thought it would improve my posture which could only help my injury! I've got far more out of the technique than just improved posture! The first thing that I've learned is how to work with my Alexander Technique teacher and my body to control the pain! When the horrible muscle spasms start, I can now use breathing to help instead of lying on the floor helpless. Instead of focusing on what I can't do or do incorrectly, my teacher has helped me to understand what I do right and to do things that I didn't think that I could do. I found out that I have model hips rather than a twisted spine and that I can sit on an exercise ball without falling over! In short, the technique has made a huge difference to my life. I would recommend it to everyone and strongly believe that it should be on the NHS!
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.