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For Stress

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I feel like everything else I tried was a Band-aid, and Alexander Technique is the only thing that addressed what is actually going on in my body.

Susanna Laaksonen, Writer, Netflix

Learn to reduce your body stress in emotionally and physically challenging situations

  • Coping with daily hassles
  • Coping with major life changes
  • During difficult conversations
  • Through illness, injury and grief
  • Public speaking, competitions, performance, tests

and…

  • Driving
  • Sitting in bad chairs (and even some good ones)
  • Studying, writing, or programming
  • Carrying a bag or backpack
  • Wearing high heels

 

Stress and the Mind-Body Connection

The Alexander Technique is the only mind-body system that I know that works with changing the postural side of mental and emotional reactions. Through this technique, we become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and the postures and tensions that accompany these states.

Alexander students learn three essential steps for improving postural habits:

  1. Awareness
  2. Stopping
  3. Conscious choice

Sound familiar? Both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation use the same three steps for ending unhelpful repetitive thoughts.  Both systems have scientifically verified benefits, which include alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and boosting immunity.

However, neither Cognitive Behavioral Therapy nor Mindfulness Meditation work with the harmful postures that go with mental states. In contrast, the Alexander Technique includes posture, uniting body and mind to change habits and improve wellbeing.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Frankl

 

suzetterThe Alexander Technique is a gift to this world. I can’t express what a comfort it is to know that no matter how hard things get, my mind and my body can harmonize, if I dedicate the space for them to do so. That I am never lost on any road.

– Suzette Hammond, Director of Education, Rishi Tea