Everything we do mentally and physically creates unnecessary tension in our bodies, especially when we are afraid or worried. This in turn creates neuro-muscular pain and we often distort ourselves and cause further tension in the attempt to reduce the pain.
“You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual into muscular tension”
The pain from headaches is very often caused by muscle tension that we have created, yet we just take pain killers to dull the pain and rarely consider how we can prevent the headache.
“Change involves carrying out an activity against the habit of life”
Stress Related Illness
Stress is not always a negative aspect of life; it is when it becomes too much and a burden that we become ill. Learning what we need to do to prevent stress related illness is an important aspect of the Technique.
“Prevent the things you are doing and you are halfway home”
Breathing & Vocal Problems
Breathing is what we can do with no effort and yet we sometimes try too hard forcing the breathe, especially when we are singing, acting or public speaking.
“I see at last that if I don’t breathe, I breathe”
As children we are told to sit up straight, causing unnecessary muscular tension, and throughout our lives we bend and lift often without any thought as to how we could best approach our work. Most people have never been shown how best to move when approaching a given task.
“There is no such thing as a right position, but there is such a thing as a right direction”
All quotes in italics are the words of FM Alexander founder of the Technique and are taken from “Aphorisms” (2000), The Estate of FM Alexander. [publisher: Mouritz]