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Alexander Technique Introductory Workshop

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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Get rid of aches & pains
Alexander technique, holistic 4 life

There is no doubt about it; we abuse our bodies. Sometimes the abuse is an obvious result of bad habits such as drinking over eating, or smoking, but most of the damage is done completely unconsciously in everyday activities. Something as simple as sitting or standing can cause severe aches and pains.

At work a lot of us are hunched over a computer, or distribute our weight unevenly when standing for long periods of time. Heavy-footed individuals will also put unnecessary strain on their joints, and all of this adds up to the tense and aching muscles we have by the end of the day.

We all deal with the pain in different ways. Some of us sink into a nice hot bubble bath or go for a massage, while others take pain killers or just grumble and put up with it. But whatever way you deal with with the problem, it is only temporary until you start doing those activities the next day, and you are right back where you started. In pain.

Perhaps the solution is not to find a remedy for your ailments, but to prevent them in the first place. The Alexander Technique is an educational process developed by an Australian actor called Frederick Matthias Alexander in the 1890s to alleviate breathing problems during public speaking. The technique teaches you how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during everyday activities and helps you learn to become more natural and at ease in how you use your body.

Taught at Sutherland House by Rosalie Segal, the Holistic 4 Life group is offering a special introductory workshop. With the class being made up of only a small group of five, you will receive hands-on guidance and verbal instruction to help identify and stop the bad habits that cause muscular strain, allowing a more natural, easy way of using your body to emerge.

Rosalie Segal has a degree in Acupuncture and Tuina, a Chinese therapy that helps balance the body.

It can help you improve your performance in all your activities. Although benefits can be felt after a few sessions, to learn the technique and be able to apply it in your daily life, it is generally recommended to have a course of 20-30 lessons. She is also a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and teaches the Alexander Technique in one-to-one and group sessions.

A first consultation would usually cost £60, with follow-up treatments at £45. The introductory workshop, however, is only £15, making it an ideal way to help you decide whether the Alexander Treatment is right for you, without having to fork out. The workshop takes place on the 28th January between 11am-1pm. To book you can call 020 8458 7869
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Why? Get rid of muscular tension
When: 28t Jan, 11am-1pm
Phone: 020 8458 7869
Where: Sutherland House
Cost: £15
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