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Quintin Norris MSTAT LLAM
Teacher of the Alexander Technique

Hereford / Worcester / malvern
Tel : 01885 788276

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Indirect Benefits

You may have particular conditions or concerns.  The Alexander Technique does not focus on, or attempt to ‘fix’, particular symptoms. Instead it addresses the fundamental interference that generates those symptoms.  But from that many indirect improvements to particular symptoms can be experienced.  This can be expecially helpful as we age - younger people tend to have a greater tolerance for ‘misuse’; as older people, we need to regain and retain every ounce of flexibility possible!

The relief of pressure and redistribution of balance that the Alexander Technique teaches can have wide-ranging effects for older people including :

As movement becomes less effortful and pressure is taken off joints and other organs, general well-being is enhanced and older pupils often experience:

And since the Technique makes no distinction between the mental and physical nature of the human organism, these improvements can also :

Ageing Well with the Alexander Technique you?

“The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being.”                                                                                                   JOAN BAKEWELL

Can the Alexander Technique Help You?

Come along and see for yourself!

If you are an older person you may be seeking the means to improve your quality of life, to cope with concerns that seem to limit your activities more each day, and to retain your independence and mobility for as long as possible.

Using some simple principles, thoughtful and non-strenuous movement, and the development of your ability to observe yourself and gradually take responsibility for how you choose to move, the Alexander Technique can make a powerful contribution.


Is deterioration inevitable?

Most of us tend to consider increasing stiffness, pain, illness, distress and loss of function as just an inevitable part of the ageing process. But many of these things are caused - or at least exacerbated - by our own learned habits of compression, tension and uncoordination in movement throughout our lives.

Alexander discovered that most of us learn from a young age unhelpful habits that tend to interfere with our mechanisms of movement and balance.  We contract muscles and overuse tension which impairs our natural balance and coordination.  We then set up a series of ‘compensations’ which further distort us.  Instead of our natural poise and balance, we learn to feel ‘normal’ in a completely different way - as a random collection of some loose and other excessively tensed bits that we must heave around like a sack of potatoes!   Is it any wonder we find it harder and harder to get out of a chair?

As we age, this imbalance can become more pronounced as we begin to fear falling.  This makes us tense up even more and balance and falling can become major concerns as we get older.  Ironically, however, as the Alexander Technique allows us to see, it is the initial learned imbalance that encourages this fear, which in turn increases the tension that make us unstable!  



JASPER CARROTT

…Getting old is just about bending over.  If you don’t bend over, you don’t get old!

YVONNE DOWLEN (88 YEAR OLD FIGURE SKATER)

…As you grow older, if you don’t move, you won’t move…

READ THE INSPIRING STORY OF 87 YEAR OLD JEANNE DAY IN THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

Lessons in the Alexander Technique can help you to restore flexibility, balance and range of movement.  This in turn helps restore confidence and enables you to age with grace and poise, rather than fear and tension.