How long have you been sitting in front of your laptop or computer? Are you so drawn to what you are reading on the screen that your body has scrunched down and your neck is poking forwards, without you realising it? We do this when we are using our smartphones too, whether we are sitting, standing or walking.
This way of looking at the screen creates a lot of tension in your body which you aren't aware of until maybe you start to ache and feel stiff.
So, what do we all do about it? We need to continue at that screen so... Painkillers? Cup of tea? Maybe a strong coffee so we can keep going - sitting like this is tiring! These all work but only for a while. That stiffness and pain returns. Why? Well – it's because we are causing it by the way we are sitting.
The wonderful thing about the Alexander Technique is that it teaches you that you can free yourself of a lot of that tension, stiffness and pain simply by changing the way you are sitting. As you learn the skills to practice the Technique in your daily life, you will experience an ease and lightness in all your movements, not just sitting, which is delightful. You will lighten up mentally as well.
Once you have learned these skills they are yours for life. You can give yourself more and more ease and freedom each time you choose to practise the Technique in your daily life.
You can learn to use the Technique at any stage of your pregnancy. The skills you learn will help you through your labour. You are calmer as a new parent and so your baby is too.
As they grow, your children watch you and copy you, more precisely than you might think. It's how they learn. If you are already a parent when you start learning the Technique, your children will notice the subtle changes in the way you do things as you start to apply the skills that you learn in lessons. They will learn them too, just by being around you. I think this is a great gift to give your children.
Parenthood involves a lot of lifting and carrying. Mothers have always carried their children on one hip. Some mothers experience backache. Are you one of them? Like the mother in the photo here, do you push your hip out to one side when you carry your child? This puts pressure on your lower back which is what causes the ache. In Alexander Technique lessons I teach you how to carry your child to prevent back ache.