Most of us suffer pain throughout our lives; a fall may result in broken bones, torn muscles etc; occupational stress frequently results in headaches or irritable bowel syndrome; worry often triggers tension which can cause pain throughout the whole body. Exercise can result in pain due to overworking muscles, and pain killers may deaden the pain but do not solve the problem.
Immune deficiency diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia and ME can also cause inflammation and debilitating chronic pain.
If we analyse the word disease we can begin to understand the problem. Dis-ease can present itself anywhere in the body and can be better managed by the way we think and the way we physically react to the pain itself.
If we succeed in repairing damage from a broken limb, try and get a less stressful job, cease to lift heavy objects and stop worrying, you would think that the pain would disappear. Unfortunately this is not necessarily the case as, quite often, the pain remains and becomes an accepted part of us.
Pain can result in a sedentary lifestyle, and sitting for hours at a time, does not help us. Equally, exercise can result in pain due to overworking muscles too soon and for too long. Pain killers may deaden the pain but they do not solve the problem; the pain is still there when the drugs wear off.
So what can we do to help ourselves? We need to consider why we have pain, and whether there is a way for us to either lessen or, even better, prevent it. We develop patterns of habit linked to both our thinking and our movement which are as difficult to rid as the pain itself.
Let’s consider what we do when we are in pain! If some part of the body hurts we protect it by being extra careful. Unfortunately, by being extra careful we cause tension in the whole body. We become afraid to move the part that hurts and, when we stiffen, we are then likely to force the movement through a stiffening muscle and make it hurt even more.
We need to learn how the body moves in the most efficient way and give ourselves more time to move thoughtfully, with a toned body and without the tension. We were born with that intuitive knowledge, but unfortunately busy lives override natural movement patterns and we develop habitual patterns of movement that cause us many problems, and continue to, throughout our lives.
This is where an Alexander Technique Teacher can help. The teacher will help you by gentle ‘hands on’ guidance, rediscover some of the more natural movement and the ease of living that you may have experienced in the past. You learn how to let go of unnecessary tension and with that reduce pain, often quite quickly. You learn to be mindful and to practice these principles in your daily life so that they underpin everything you do. The Alexander Technique then becomes a lifestyle that helps you to prevent injury, and in turn pain. You are armed with a tool box that you can rely on to rescue you, when you inadvertently move awkwardly, lift something badly, work too late and too long, etc.. In time you become less reliant on your teacher and may just decide to have the occasional session for a reminder.
However, one step at a time! An introductory session will provide you with the experience and you can then make your decisions as to whether it is something you would like to pursue!
Make 2019 your year – Learning the Alexander Technique can change your life!