How to ease pain with the alexander technique

Many people, like myself, came to the Technique because of pain. Habits are often the reason for pain. 

Melinda's Neck and Back Pain

Melinda had tremendous neck and back pain. She was working in cafes, where the screen of her laptop was about 4 inches lower than her eyes. She was dropping her head towards the laptop to see the screen. Her head became a weight, pulling on her neck and back. After working this way for 6 hours or so, she was in excruciating pain, very irritable, often had a headache, and had to stop working. 

Through Alexander lessons with me, Melinda became aware that her habit of allowing her head to drop down was causing a lot of the pain. The laptop had become a stimulus for her to “dump” her head – when she’d start working on the laptop, she dropped her head down. She realized that she could choose not to do this, and learned a better way to work. 

Now, Melinda gets more done because she’s not in pain. She is proactively preventing pain, and has increased productivity. 

  Allowing the head to stay dropped towards a laptop or a mobile device is a common habit that can cause pain. Many muscles are being recruited, but the action can use a lot less muscular effort. 

Allowing the head to stay dropped towards a laptop or a mobile device is a common habit that can cause pain. Many muscles are being recruited, but the action can use a lot less muscular effort.