What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is an educational and holistic approach to health problems. It’s most commonly known as a way to relieve pain and strain in our bodies, most notably back pain. Though it can also help with many other issues, including RSI, neck and shoulder pain, etc
In addition to this, the Technique can be thought of as a form of physical mindfulness, as it teaches you how to notice what you are doing in activities. This can lead to improved performance and reduced stress and strain.
Lessons involve a hands-on approach, as well as learning how your body works so that you work with it instead of against it. It’s all about returning to a state of ease.
Alexander Technique Lessons in Galway
I teach the Alexander Technique in both one-to-one and group settings. One-to-one lessons last an hour and will focus on powerful tools and approaches that can help you relieve pain, create more ease in your life and find relief from pain and strain.
To find out more, please call Aisling on 083-8415525
How Alexander Technique Can Help Musicians
As a musician, your body is your most important instrument. Learning to play, or sing, is all about learning a complex set of habits, and coordinations that all come together to allow you to make the sound.
Unfortunately, some of the habits we learn can get the job done but with unexpected consequences. Without realising it, many musicians grip the instrument too hard, hold more tension in their body than is necessary, or get caught up in trying to get things perfect or in fear of making mistakes. These are just a few of the things that can cause surprisingly chronic and problematic symptoms.
These issues are often hidden and left unaddressed and can cause issues such as:
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- A stiff or “frozen” shoulder
- Wrist or Joint Pain / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck and Back Pain
- Vocal Problems
The physical discomfort and/or negative self-judgement can all get so bad that a musician becomes unable to play for long, or be fully present with the music. It can take the fun out of it all. Or worse, it can get to the point where a musician is no longer able to play, which has happened to many a musician, professional or amateur.
Many of these issues are preventable. Through Alexander Technique lessons, musicians can not only feel better, but the changes may also allow them to play better. Because the result of all that tension, trying and effort is usually not just a strained musician, but a strained sound.
Do you suffer from tension, strain, stiffness, pain, or even performance-related mental blocks such as fear of performing, “perfectionism”, or something similar? If you would like to feel better, play better, and enjoy it all more comfortably for longer periods, then: