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The Alexander Technique and Mental Health - Stress, Anxiety, Depression etc  

The increasing pressure of modern living and other stressors in our past or present mean that more and more of us need to find healthy and natural ways to deal with the host of ailments that follow.  Ailments such as anxiety, depression, tension, nervousness, panic disorders, or sleep problems in particular.

The Alexander Technique works from the premise that most most people's problems stem from habitual and unrecognised misuse of themselves.  The Alexander Technique is uniquely placed to address this.

The link between mind and body is increasingly acknowledged these days.  However, it is still not well understood and few 'treatments' or 'therapies' really reflect this truth in practice; often merely treating the individual as a passive recipient of bodily treatments.  

F M Alexander (1869-1955) was in fact way ahead of his time in recognising that the mind and body are inseparable.  He developed his Technique based on individuals' psycho-physical use of themselves. So when we talk about 'use of the self', we do not just mean the use of the body and limbs in activity and movement; but comprehensively including the brain, mind, thought, feeling and emotion.

People suffering with stress, depression and anxiety quite frequently get stuck looking for a solution in the mind alone; sometimes also seeking relief from physical symptoms through bodily treatments and/or medication.  But Alexander 'discovered' that how we use our bodies has an extraordinary effect on our ability to accurately perceive the world around us, as well as our emotional and physical health.

Working with the Alexander Technique allows people to change unwanted behaviour patterns; attitudes and outlooks tend to change; and it frequently results in more balanced moods and a better capacity to deal with the challenges that life throws at us.

Some of the reasons why people come to the Alexander Technique :

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“The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.”

William Hurt, actor