If we let modern life keep our nervous system in constant arousal, without regular pause and reflection, we will no longer be able to fully release daily stress.
We will have difficulty to return to a relaxed and engaged state of being. Then we might start to function in a constant state of increased neuromuscular tension and stress. Stress and tension are common precursors to many dis-eases.
But the Alexander Technique offers amazing solutions! This dynamic, educational process offers smart principles for proper internal guidance in any activity.
By becoming aware and controlling our typical over-reactive nature to stimuli and habitual, potentially harmful movement patterns, we will be able to prevent postural misuse.
We can then return to our creative brain, into our body, and out of "autopilot" reactions to life. Lesson in the Alexander Technique will gift you with a new sense of balance and well-being that can slowly begin to take root and grow in your daily life with more experience.
Sharpened senses and clarity of thinking start to replace the old tendencies of slumping, stiffening and tensing.
According to The American Institute Of Stress, more than twice the $147 Billion in medical costs of obesity are spend annually for Stress-related ailments: $300 Billion!
Stress is epidemic. Consistently high levels of stress can keep the body in the fight or flight mode, meaning we are "on guard" all the time. It will signal the body to constantly release stress hormones like a ongoing, low-level fever.
This state makes us tense our muscles and round our shoulders, therefore making breathing shallow and difficult, and limits the flow of blood and oxygen to the parts of the brain and body which are responsible for relaxation, revitalization, healing and growth.
In his book Mystic Cool: Neuroplasticity, Thought, and the Power of Attitude, Don Joseph Goewey writes: "What is the chief cause of stress? A fearful attitude... Dr. Bruce McEwen, the distinguished stress researcher, defined the problem poignantly in the book 'The End of Stress As We Know It': 'No longer just a term used with pride to display the scars or medals of a fast paced life, stress has come to mean fear for one's safety, health, and lifelihood. It represents the loss of assumption that the world is a safe place."
This is sad but true. When we stress out, we automatically tense our muscles, and the first place in the body where tension occurs is in the deep muscles of the neck.
This is the region in the body biologically primed to tense up when we register danger. It is the specialty of the Alexander Technique to un-learn the constant, daily turn-on of that biological stress response, and instead activate a response of calm, collected and forward moving.
Learn To Un-Do The Stress Response
Even though it's a fact that our modern lifestyles leaves us little time for self-reflection and stillness, and there is usually little space and time for the cultivation of balance and ease of being. And yes, most of us feel stressed out almost all the time - The fact remains that it is really a choice we make, and up to each one of us to reclaim space and time!
The Alexander Technique provides the tools to help you make that choice consciously. They help to calm our overtaxed senses and support a healthy upright posture, which ensures free flowing movements, de-compressed organs and tissues, relaxation, stress release and poise in all daily activities.
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