Alexander TechniqueAlexander technique is a technique you can learn, to improve your posture, with consequent improvement in long term back problems. Patients with poor posture, those sitting at desks for long periods and even horse riders use it to god effect.
There is evidence that Alexander technique helps patients with chronic back pain and the disabilities from Parkinson's disease. (Ernst 2014, www.ernst.com). Another study investigates the use of Alexander technique as part of a multidisciplinary approach ( Elkayam et al 1996. Clin Exp Rheumatol 14:281-8.
The technique is carried out as a series of one to one lessons to identify and prevent poor postural habits which cause stress and pain. You will learn to release tension and rediscover balance of mind and body.
Sonia Richards will use gentle hands on guidance and verbal explanations to help you find ease and balance within yourself for simple movements and everyday activities such as sitting, walking and bending. In time you will be able translate this ease and balance into more complex and demanding activities.
You should notice a difference with a few lessons, but for continuing self improvement you could need up to 20 lessons. It has to be said that to change long term habits and painful problems you have to be prepared to put time and effort into practising what you have learnt. It can be very rewarding.
Sonia Richards came to Alexander technique after suffering with her own pack in her 20's. With personal experience of the benefits she decided to train as a teacher and later undertook a diploma in psychodynamic counselling.