I thought I would start with my tale of woe but I promise I will try to keep it short before I lose any of you to boredom ..
I am a 59 year old female who has for many years has suffered from ill health.
All the usual minor illnesses/ ailments also major illness / operations accident and falls . I suffer from various diagnosed auto immune disorders and medicated heavily. I had a career for 30 years which became so difficult to continue but thankfully I am now retired .
I have horses (all field ornaments now ) as I had not been well enough to ride for some years . But always yearned to get back into riding .
Having got a new smaller horse as if 4 wasn’t already enough ! ..I recommenced riding but soon found that my stability in the saddle had become the same as on foot ..unsteady .
A friend suggested trying Alexander Technique on a horse simulator ..sadly on enquiring I was embarrassingly too heavy !!
So I searched on the Internet and found Kay .
That’s where it all began
I am at the start of my AT journey but already have found so many unbelievable benefits .
I have been able to walk unaided (no stick on rough ground ) posture is becoming more correct therefore alleviating the awful head aches I had experienced for many years .
I feel stable on my feet and stairs are no longer a fright either up or down .
I am able to get up out of chairs with ease and almost gracefully without hauling myself up . No winch and pulley now needed .
My confidence has grown and I am riding now using the technique I’m being taught . I have even resumed walking ( short walks but still out walking ) .
I have even been able to lose weight and reduce some of my medications .
Kay has been an inspiration and I highly recommend both her and the Alexander Technique . I find her friendly ,interesting and knowledgeable.
That is a lot from someone very sceptical about such things .
It truly does work and with Kays tuition and support , your mind can do it .
I know I don’t put as much practice /stops or pauses in as I should or could but it only gets better .
This is not a quick fix but it is a life style which I feel should be taught at schools , especially with the posture of the younger generation now days . It would take a great burden off the NHS in later years if posture related issues could be avoided .
Had I known about AT many years ago would I have tried it ? possibly not as things sadly had to deteriorate so badly for me , to open my eyes to what could be done .
But for me its ONWARDS AND UPWARDS