I have suffered back pain for a long time and the last 15 years have been a merry-go-round of doctors, drugs and complementary therapies. At the end of my second Alexander session I started to ease into the process. I followed my teacher's instructions between sessions, and found I could focus on my body, its movements and its tensions. It now seems possible to be free of pain and my usual cocktail of painkillers is no longer necessary. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the technique.
The Alexander Technique can help improve performance and make swimming more enjoyable for swimmers of all abilities, from the most reluctant beginner to the competitive swimmer!
Learning the Technique can help you to:
- allow the water to support you
- improve your breathing
- focus on the quality of your movement
- improve your stamina
Applying the AT gives you a better relationship with the water, which will allow you to relax and lengthen into your stroke. The dynamic relationship of the head to the spine is apparent in the swimmers who use themselves well. This relationship can be easily observed in the trajectory of the swimmer.
The Technique can also help you overcome the fear of water. When faced with fear and stress we tend to stiffen our neck and limbs and hold our breath. In Alexander lessons you will learn a different response to fear, one that allows you to keep your neck free of tension to encourage better coordination and confidence.
As you learn to glide through the water with ease, you will reduce the effort of swimming that can lead to tension and even pain in neck and shoulders. The whole experience becomes effortless and much more enjoyable.
For the advanced or professional swimmer the Alexander Technique can help you become aware of, and prevent, excessive tension that interferes with your speed and technique.