Alexander Technique

A Technique for Modern Living

The demands of the 21st Century workplace are intense.  For example, a client came to me for help with her posture as she was going to present a keynote speech, at an influential occasion to a prestigious audience. The effortless, confident movement and presence under pressure that you can learn with Alexander Technique is vital for high performance. But it can do much more than help you perform at your peak.  During our session, this particular client had a massive reaction to therapeutic touch and shook, like she was literally shaking out trauma. It was unexpected, but good she agreed, and she wondered, “How has this never come up before?”

Real consciousness must be based upon physical experiences, just talking about things is not enough. I have developed a skilfully intuitive approach – in this example, we had just three hour long lessons and she said it was so powerful it really helped her to “get rid of her stuff” as she called it.

Alexander’s Technique enables us to observe our whole selves in operation. In short, in a lesson we explore our own personal postural and movement habits and ways of doing things. Activities such as sitting, standing, playing violin, piano, cricket, hockey, running, walking, sitting at a desk, speaking, singing, actinng, writing and much more besides.

Posture directly affects how well we are functioning. Our own psycho-physical disposition is the basis for our condition. Our condition and functioning can be improved when we learn how to cooperate with our actual natural design. Alexander’s unique discovery was realising the importance of the Head / Neck / Back relationship, which he named The Primary Control.  It’s a dynamic relationship which influences our coordination and functioning in every movement.

Alexander Technique increases awareness because it allows you to naturally stop, listen, and breathe in the moment. In a workshop recently, a woman told me, “This whole mindfulness thing annoys me but this, Alexander Technique, is the real mindfulness.”

It turns out Alexander Technique is not the last resort, it’s just the last one you need to try. As you begin exchanging your habits for creative responses, you open a door to yourself. It is a way to move through life that is conscious and grounded; a way to remember to return to yourself and connect, not just with your body, but to engage in a deep practice of experiencing yourself.

Below you will find my video – Alexander Technique for Modern Living – it’s a 4 minute video of me working with a variety of private clients to give you an idea of my style of working and the ways it may be relevant for you.

Alexander Technique helps with physical pain

  • Chronic pain
  • Recovering from an injury
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Computer fatigue
  • Mouse arm
  • Back and neck problems
  • Tension headaches
  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw pain
  • Sore feet
  • Desk stress and fatigue
  • Seasickness from staring at screens for too long

Alexander Technique helps with emotional and performance issues

  • Chronic pain
  • Recovering from an injury
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Computer fatigue
  • Mouse arm
  • Back and neck problems
  • Tension headaches
  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw pain
  • Sore feet
  • Desk stress and fatigue
  • Seasickness from staring at screens for too long

Alexander Technique for Modern Living : Angela Bradshaw

 

Learn to get better at getting better

Alexander Technique helps you live the life you want to lead, not have to give it up and, yes, it can be weird and wonderful, because it is a doorway to yourself.

I have developed these life-changing principles into my signature method of teaching Alexander Technique. Effectively it’s a series of Self Care Skills, and I have published an accessible introductory book, Be in Balance.