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Nov 5, 2015   //   by Caroline   //   Alexander Technique  //  Comments Off on ALEX TECH BANISHES ‘TECH NECK’!


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A NEW randomised controlled trial published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrates that investing in Alexander Technique lessons pays off.

517 people with chronic neck pain took part in the trial.  Most had suffered neck pain for over six years.

The Alexander Technique lessons enabled participants to make beneficial long-term changes to the way they carried out their everyday activities.  At the end of the trial, one year after lessons began, they were still enjoying the same level of pain reduction.  People also had a significant increase in knowledge and ability to manage their own condition.

People who apply the technique in their daily lives can be inspired and enabled to rediscover their natural free movement, good muscular tone and improved sense of wellbeing.

‘Tech Neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’. People are unaware of the problems they can be storing up as a result of constantly staring at smartphones, ipads and the like. This informative article highlights the importance of looking after your neck.

Children can also benefit from taking Alexander classes as soon as possible so they can learn how to look after their necks and avoid problems in the future.  This article highlights the difficulties young people are facing on a daily basis as they engage in an increasingly technological world.

Read Sameena’s story; one of my pupils who recovered from constant neck pain.  She says:

‘This is what it feels like to be pain free, this is how I’m supposed to feel’.

Don’t let ‘Tech Neck’ rule your life, find a STAT Alexander practitioner near you, bring the family and invest in all your futures.

©Caroline Dale. Nov 2015.

Weyes up! Outsmart your smartphone!

Feb 25, 2015   //   by Caroline   //   Alexander Technique  //  Comments Off on Weyes up! Outsmart your smartphone!

Fed up being a slave to the pressures from your smartphone or ipad? Then why not:-

(a) Try out the latest niche holiday market – a ‘digital detoxing holiday’! (David Cameron discovered a ‘not spot’ whilst holidaying in Cornwall and smartphone-exhausted sufferers are rushing to find one near them for a break.)


(b) Take some Alexander Tech classes and master the art of ‘DIGITAL DELAY’ (you don’t even have to go on holiday and it lasts for ever!).

Does a detox holiday really help? Yes – your ‘beloved’ is put in the smart ‘phone crèche on arrival whilst you pay up for your stress-free vacation. And yes, you ARE going to feel a lot better at the end of the weekend because of it.

However, come Monday morning – what are you going to do when ‘beloved’ demands once more your full and undivided attention? You are, of course, going to lavish all your remorseful focus onto the demands of your smartpartner in crime.

Had you forgotten “we go everywhere together”; “do everything together”; “pay special attention to each other”; “look after each other”; “ignore other people”? Of course you hadn’t, you’re right back, hand-in-hand.

An article in The Times, Sat Feb 14,states: “The average person checks their smartphone more than 1,500 times per week…” (that’s 214 times per day!). Or, as comedian Andy Parsons says – it’s like getting up and opening the front door every 4 minutes just to see if there’s someone there!

Not only are we yielding to the temptations of our digital friend every few minutes, we are also causing our bodies to lose the direction (upwards) we have taken millions of years to achieve!

Sneak a look at your fellow travellers next time you’re on a train or tube. You can see how our digital mates have us hooked. Hunched over our smartphones, picking (no not that!) up emails, replying to text messages, planning diaries or playing games. Nobody wants that rounded back or the Tech Neck[1] symptoms – but that’s what we’re getting from our digital friend.

So, instead of the Detox holiday why not take control of your technological partner – for good. Show him or her who is really Boss around here!

Take some Alexander Tech classes and learn the best technique ever for taking back control of your life – “DIGITAL DELAY”. It’s amazing. Thousands of people say so.

And a simple self-start is to ‘Weyes up’: Next time you are on the tube or train keep your eyes up for your journey instead of looking down at your ‘phone. It’s like running, the more miles you clock up, the healthier you will become and your body will be profoundly grateful.

Book yourself in for an explanatory Alexander Tech session and see the difference.

Contact: Caroline to book your first class.

Or find a teacher near you through the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)  www.stat.org.uk


Letting go and the Alexander Technique

Jul 5, 2014   //   by Caroline   //   Alexander Technique  //  2 Comments


On 23 August 2004 I received an e.mail: “I am looking for an Alexander Teacher for my mother. She is ninety-six years old. She had some Alexander lessons when she was younger….. Yesterday she remembered the pleasure of her earlier lessons, and wondered if there might be a teacher who could visit her at home …”

When I first visited M in her flat she was sitting on an inflatable cushion on a swivel chair, within immediate reach of all she needed for her daily work. She was still a practicing Psychotherapist.

Despite her obvious physical frailty, M was lively, sharp and had a delightfully dry sense of humor.

Our work began tentatively, as I realized that not only would she remain seated, but also I had access to just one side of her chair. I found myself considering how effective ‘less’ could really be. In fact she only once allowed me to move her chair so that I could get round to the other side, and behind her. After that, she preferred I didn’t move it, as I was unable to replace it in exactly the right position for her afterwards! Yes, it seemed like a challenge. In fact it was the beginning of a most wonderful journey.

I quickly realized that I would have to trust that the little I would be able to do, would be of help. I needn’t have worried because M understood and responded instantly to my slightest Alexander touch and words, and the work was clearly helpful in enabling her to make small, but subtle and helpful adjustments. Sometimes she preferred to work without her hearing aids. A challenge for me but ‘very alright’ and more comfortable for her, and the work seemed to go just as well.

Gradually she trusted me enough to say one day “let’s walk!” Thereafter we walked most sessions, with her three-wheeled walking frame, from her chair out into the corridor and back. Often she would say to me “I am absolutely terrified of falling”. Despite this, she managed to look after herself, both in her necessary daily activities, (getting out of bed, dressing, cooking etc.,) and in applying the principles of the technique during and beyond her lessons, extraordinarily well.

I looked forward to working with M each week. If I ever had doubts about the benefits of the work before I went; I never had them when I left M. Once she said to me: – ”How do you do that? You’re touching my shoulder and I feel it in my heels. You’re on the left side and I feel you on the right as well.”

In June 2005 M fell badly and broke her leg. She was taken into hospital her leg was set and there followed a series of tests, medicines, x-rays, questions and decisions, one of which was the potentially life-saving decision of whether or not to amputate her leg. She decided not. When I visited her in hospital for the first time, I was surprised to experience a deep sense of peace in her body.   I concluded it was because she had finally let go of her terror of falling. I had touched her for only a very short time that day and left with a feeling of deep serenity.

From this, I sensed that she had begun a journey of leaving. As I worked with M over the next two months, I learned more and more of the nature of the stage she had entered. It seemed as if the strong will of the physical body to hang on to life and the strong call to go were becoming less and less distinct but also more and more in conflict. M’s physical pain and needs demanded her attention and the call to go was equally urgent.

As I continued to work with her, I sensed there was a veil between the known and the unknown that was becoming increasingly thinner and thinner.   As her will to live gradually surrendered, I believe the work enabled her to pass more effortlessly and comfortably through the veil. I never had a sense of ending, but unquestionably one of continuing.

M died on 13th September 2005.

She was a teacher who led me through an unexpected journey, full of challenge, poignancy and humor.   I am grateful to have had the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the process of dying and also to realize the valuable role The Alexander Technique can offer at this time.

I wrote in my diary after she died: –

 “I felt the power of nothingness – when you let go of everything – then you have everything”.

  copyright:  Caroline Dale

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