I have been doing the Alexander Technique for ~2 years now... and am a lighter and faster runner than I was 10 years ago!
RSI (also known as WRULD - Work Related Upper Limb Disorders) is not new but has increased with the widespread use of computers. It can be distressing physically, mentally and emotionally. Sufferers endure pain, burning sensations and loss of muscle strength and face reduced capacity to work or perform simple daily activities.
Excessive tension is often the root of the problem. A typical response to symptoms is to tense up even more, which can lead to a vicious circle.
With the Alexander Technique you gradually improve your fundamental co-ordination and ‘self-management’ in all activities, thus minimising the possibility of RSI occurring in the first place or getting worse.
The Technique teaches you to:
- Become aware of and prevent habits of tension.
- Change your reactions to the RSI symptoms.
- Reduce pressure on joints.
The AT is a practical, constructive approach that can be applied in your daily life and not a set of exercises to be done over and above your normal commitments. It teaches you that in any moment you have a choice to react with your old level of tension or in a new way.
With a growing awareness of real choice, positive change becomes a possibility.