In the workplace

The most common work-related health problems in Britain are musculo-skeletal disorders, like back pain and RSI.

Common ‘misuse’ habits, such as slumping at your desk, raising your shoulder when on the telephone, or gripping your computer mouse, can be the source of the problem. The Alexander Technique teaches you to address these habits and release tension, improve posture and promote body awareness.

The Technique can help you avoid strain and injury, whatever your occupation, be it heavy manual work or healthcare; office work or spending hours standing.

 

Stress

The practical mindfulness taught in the Technique helps you deal with mental and emotional stress at work, enabling you to keep a cool head, “think on your feet” and represent yourself with poise and confidence.

Stay focused and relaxed under pressure, perform better and enjoy your job more.

 

Bringing the Alexander Technique to the Workplace

Alexander Technique has increasingly been recognised as good business practice. STAT certified teachers have worked with many organisations including The Guardian, British Film Institute, ICI, Clifford Chance, BBC, The Job Centre, Hewlett-Packard, Grey Advertising, Chanel, British Library, M&S, and many more.

The government white paper, “Healthy Lives, healthy People”, emphasises the need for businesses to invest in employees’ wellbeing and has moved health at work up the agenda.

This is where the Alexander Technique comes in. Educating employees to take more responsibility for their own wellbeing and look after themselves at work raises awareness of health and fitness. It helps to:

  • prevent absenteeism
  • improve productivity
  • raise workplace morale
  • promote better long term health

 

Alexander Technique lessons in the workplace

It is easy to introduce the Technique in the workplace because it involves no specific exercises or special equipment. Lessons can take place during the working day, when people are better able to directly observe their patterns of response to stress, and can more easily apply what they have learned.

The best benefits are gained when employees have individual lessons at frequent and regular intervals.

 

Custom-built for your workforce

Alexander Technique teachers can tailor a programme to meet the individual needs of your employees and company.

They can train your employees how to apply the principles of the Technique at their workstation so that they can apply it themselves in activity. This can be at their desk or counters, any manufacturing workstation or loading bay, forklift truck driving etc.

Companies also find it useful to introduce Alexander Technique principles in the form of workshops during staff conferences or as part of staff training days.

 

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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