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:
- 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.