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Ken Humphreys

N.B. Complementary therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your GP.  We will recommend that you seek medical advice for any symptoms you are experiencing and may ask your permission to write to your GP when indicated.

Alexander Technique - Overview

“First find out if something the person is doing is causing the problem and teach them to stop doing it” F.M. Alexander.

So, all you might need to do to help yourself overcome back, neck, shoulder or other muscular pain is to stop doing something. Sounds simple? It is... but first you need to know what it is that you are doing that is causing the problem, and then learn not to do it! Because of this approach, the Alexander Technique is a form of education rather than a therapy. Most of us hold some tension in our muscles that we are unaware of – it is habitual and therefore feels right and normal. It could be that this tension is causing a back or shoulder pain when you sit at a computer or have to stand for any length of time, or is preventing you from moving as freely as you used to. It may well also affect your posture. Learning the Alexander Technique enables you to change what you are doing giving you a tool to use at all times to help yourself find poise and ease. It provides long-lasting positive benefits and puts you in charge of what goes on in your mind and body.

For further information about Alexander Technique treatments in Carlisle please contact info@cumbriatherapies.com or call us on 01228 409093.

How it may help
Alexander Technique lessons help you become aware of tense areas in your body and teach you a way to release the tension and get rid of any associated pain. Postural improvements tend to happen without you even trying. The key is finding out what you are doing that causes pain or restricted movement, and allowing yourself not to do it. This works with emotional reactions as well and you become aware of what makes you get upset or stressed and learn not to react in your usual way, so you become calmer and more in control of your emotions. In sport and any activity, freedom of movement of the joints allows you to get more efficient use of your muscular fitness, and to enjoy the movement rather than feeling like you are fighting your body at every step.

Applying the principles of the Alexander Technique to your everyday life can help you reduce your levels of stress. How often do you find yourself rushing to answer the phone as if your life depended on it, or agreeing to do something you didn’t really want to do? The Alexander Technique helps you find a moment to pause and consider your options before reacting.

There are no real contraindications for Alexander Technique however, as with all therapies, our Alexander Technique teacher will take a full case history to try and ensure that we provide a safe, complete service to our clients.

A typical session
Ken works with you using his hands and verbal explanation to help you notice areas of tension in your body and gently enable you to let it go. The Alexander Technique works best when you have a series of sessions over a period of time so you learn to translate it into your everyday life. This is difficult at first, but as you progress with the work, it becomes easier and easier to remember what you have learned and make use of it.

Lessons include working in the semi-supine position on the table and/or activities such as standing up and sitting down, walking, and other activities to explore achieving freedom of movement.

You should wear loose comfortable clothing (trousers) and you will be asked to remove your shoes for the duration of the lesson.

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Booking a session in Carlisle
Ken Call 01228 409093
or email us at: info@cumbriatherapies.com