Did you know that back pain, migraine or insomnia can be a cause of tension accumulated over many years of stressful living? It may even start in childhood.
As children, our posture and ease of movement are a joy to watch, but as we start to tense our muscles in reaction to many of life’s worries and concerns, our posture deteriorates into what often borders on deformity.
It is often hard for us to detect this increase of tension ourselves because it builds up gradually over the years. We become accustomed to the ways in which we sit and stand, which are often putting strains upon our body without us realising it, and no matter how uncoordinated these positions are, they will always feel right to us. It may not be until years later that we will start to suffer from aches and pains or restriction of movement.
How does it happen?
We have a series of reflexes throughout the body that support us and naturally co-ordinate our movements. Unconsciously, many of us interfere with these natural reflexes to such an extent making us hold four or five times more tension in our bodies than it is really necessary. In fact, without realising it, we make life much harder for ourselves than it really needs to be. Our shoulders become permanently hunched, our necks become stiffer and stiffer, and we sit either slumped or holding ourselves in a very rigid fashion, as our minds become more and more concerned with the future and the past and our awareness of the present moment diminishes.
With the right education, however, many people could be helped to understand the causes of their problems and be taught how they can help themselves so that their aches and pains would diminish or are avoided altogether.
Richard Brennan is facilitating a 2-Day Alexander Technique – Back in Balance Programme on 7th and 8th October at the Emmaus.
Presenter Richard Brennan
Date: 7th & 8th October
Time: 10:30 am Saturday to 4:00 pm Sunday
Non-residential: €145 Residential: €195
Richard Brennan is an Alexander Technique teacher, author and Director of Training at the Alexander Technique Centre based in Galway, Ireland. He is a leading figure in helping people to resolve back and neck problems. His belief is that the root cause of most back pain lies in poor postural habits.