Alexander Technique - Be at ease in body and mind!
The Alexander Technique is a practical, hands-on approach to pain prevention and improved performance. Based on simple principles of natural balance and coordination, its practice can deliver profound results. You will feel lighter, breathe more freely and ease problems such as back pain, tension headaches, stiff joints, and tight muscles.
Understanding how the body is designed for movement, and why its functioning is affected by your mental habits, is the essence of this holistic technique. Instead of teaching set exercises, I guide you through every-day activities so that you can perform them calmly and comfortably, with minimal effort. Sitting, standing, walking, bending, lifting, keyboarding, gardening, speaking, singing, playing an instrument or throwing a ball; everything you do provides opportunities to rediscover your innate ability to move in a balanced and efficient way.
I use observation, touch and verbal guidance to help you notice and change habits that may affect your ability to function well, and cause stress, discomfort or injury. I help you assess how you typically do things, and invite you to try ways that take less toll on your body. After a series of consultations, your refined awareness will enable you to continue improving on your own. As you integrate the technique into your daily activities, you will find it benefits you in other ways, such as gaining confidence or learning new skills.
Once patterns of tension are examined and released, it is possible at any age to gain in poise and ease. By becoming more aligned, centred and grounded, you will experience reduced anxiety and uplifted energy levels.
I offer Alexander Technique to individuals, in small group workshops, and in interactive seminars. I also consult to organisations for Occupational Health & Safety programmes. My services are available at Kohanna House, Amberley, and I make home and workplace visits, including in Christchurch.
The Alexander Technique was developed in the late 1890s by F.M Alexander. Today the technique is taught worldwide and has influenced many other somatic* and mindfulness practices. It is recognised by medical and scientific practitioners and in 2009 was endorsed by the British Medical Journal.
*Somatics is a field of movement study and human development practices stemming from the Greek word 'soma': the body as experienced.
“I have benefited greatly from becoming aware of the unnecessary tension I was holding in my muscles and now know when I am truly relaxed and in a right relationship with the world. This has reduced the recurrent pain I have experienced as a result of OOS. I hope that others have the opportunity to bring about a positive change in their lives from learning and applying the principles of the Alexander Technique.” Andrew, software designer
“Once I learned to reduce physical tension, move and even breathe with less 'tightness', the changes began to take place. I think one of the major factors that makes the Alexander Technique work, is that if taught properly, it allows the individual to create their own way of 'being' rather than having to follow a predetermined template. It is a terrific physical self-management approach that creates greater freedom and sensation in oneself.” Brett, cyclist
“Discovering the Alexander Technique has been wonderful. No more struggling with back pain at the end of a long day massaging. Now I relax into my work and enjoy the freedom of movement and energy flow; it’s actually therapeutic for me too.”
Jo, massage therapist
“I attended one of Belinda's courses believing that the Alexander Technique was about posture and hoped that the information would assist me in rehabilitation from a serious spinal injury. Quickly my limited understanding of the technique became clear. As the course progressed I was more and more surprised at the depth of insight – both physical and emotional – that the technique brought to bear on me as a person and as a dancer. There was a moment of profound realisation of how different a dancer I would have been, if given access to this information within my training. Alexander offers the opportunity to experience a state of consciousness that could only enhance and benefit the health, well-being and performance of any serious student or professional.”
Joanne Kelly, (former) director, the Performing Arts School of New Zealand