By: Lauryn Oleson
“Your body should be like a well-tuned team: everyone working smoothly with one another with a great leader guiding them,” says Jorgensen. He adds that people often lose the leader, making parts of the body work against each other but AT can restore it.
Jorgensen explains that typical AT sessions include sitting, standing, walking and lying down combined with guided touch from the instructor. “Using both words and touch helps to re-coordinate your body, increasing awareness of your body’s whole and proper functioning,” he says.
- Improved and effortless posture and balance
- Relief from chronic pain
- Relief from pain and symptoms associated with medical conditions such as scoliosis, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis
- Reduced stress and clearer thinking
Jorgensen suggests the Alexander Technique for anyone who wants to “actively participate in their own power of healing and gain control over the body’s functioning rather than always feeling trapped by ‘inevitable’ pain.”
The AT is “neither a set of exercises nor a series of passive treatments but instead an active exploration of your own thought and movement. It produces a skill that you can take with you into your life and apply to any situation. You will leave a session feeling lighter, freer and more grounded,” says Jorgensen.
Alexander Technique is offered at the Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center in Bloomington, Ill.
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