There are so many benefits to studying the Alexander Technique and applying the acquired skills in your day-to-day activities. Students of the Alexander Technique experience a transformation with lessons that is unique to them. Commonly reported changes towards enhanced wellbeing include improvements in:
Mindfulness :: Stress management
Balance and coordination :: Speech impediments
Effective injury prevention :: Repetitive motion injuries
Back, neck, shoulder pain :: Spatial awareness :: Menstrual cramps
Releasing excess tension :: Digestive functioning
Pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period
Increased focus and productivity :: Functioning of the respiratory system
Freeing the singing and speaking voice :: Emotional reactivity
Pain management :: Circulation :: Headaches
Improved technique, spontaneity and authenticity in performance of all kinds
Management of performance anxiety :: Poise, presence and posture
People often take Alexander Technique lessons to help them perform better at work; the technique is equally as useful to athletes, dancers and actors as it is to those who type on a computer for most of the day – each career has it’s specific repetitions that can erode the health and wellbeing of the person performing them if the tasks are executed in an automatic, habitual way.
Another reason individuals come for lessons is because the Alexander Technique is well known for helping people recover from chronic painful conditions. The long observed trend is well reflected in the study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 on Back Pain.
For expecting mothers, Jaige’s work with the Alexander Technique offers women a way to integrate their changing centre of gravity with ease throughout their pregnancy, as well as giving them the tools to dissolve unnecessary tension and allow for optimal opening, presence and wellbeing.
As a violin and cello teacher, Jaige incorporates the Alexander Technique principles into lessons with all her students, helping them to quickly surrender destructive habits before they become established, and facilitating healthy movement patterns as part of violin/cello technique.