A woman is ‘re-educating’ people about posture and movement in a bid to put an end to old habits resulting in aches and pains.
Her method, the Alexander Technique, involves teaching people how to sit, stand and move as nature intended, better aligning the head, neck and back, says tutor Janey Goodearl.
These bad habits, which are formed as a result of copying other people and a stressful, busy lifestyle are the prime cause of aches and pains, says Miss Goodearl.
“For many people, relaxing can involve being slumped on the sofa, watching TV, but that really doesn’t do the body any good,” she said.
“The Alexander Technique is all about changing everything. It’s about awareness and learning to stop, and think about yourself.”
The way small children move can often appear graceful, and this is the way in which humans are naturally designed to move, she added.
But instead, people slouch and develop habits such as applying more pressure to one leg when standing or sitting on the tail bone rather than the bottom of the pelvis.
“It’s all about a coalition between the head, neck and back,” she said.
“The head weighs about 10 to 14 lbs, and is designed to just to balance on the top of the spine, but slouching means the head is often pulled into the body, which in turn affects everything else. If you teach the head to lead, everything else will follow.
“The spine is key to the nervous system, so added pressure can cause all sorts of problems such as sciatica and a variety of pains.”
Miss Goodearl, who teaches the technique at her New Road home in Princes Risborough, says she first discovered the technique after suffering with terrible back pain for around 15 years.
“It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she said.
“I spent so many years in so much pain, I began to think there was something wrong with me. I went to chiropractors, osteopaths, healers and exercise classes –I did everything. Until someone taught me how to help myself.
“It had simply never occurred to me. And the only thing I ever changed was the way I think.”
Miss Goodearl is hosting a two-hour introductory session at Healthy Balance in Great Missenden on September 15.
What is the alexander technique?
This educational technique aims to teach people how to stand, hold themselves and move differently in order to eliminate unnecessary tension in their bodies.
What is the history?
The technique is named after Australian actor Frederick Matthias Alexander, who developed its principles in the 1890s.