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About the Alexander Technique
We all develop our own ways of sitting, standing, typing at the computer - our own habitual ways of using our bodies. Over time we grow into a posture that reflects these habits.
If we tend to slump, for example, we grow into a shortened posture where there is less space for our bodies to operate in - less volume for our lungs to expand into, less height for our spines to occupy. Or if we habitually overtense our arms and shoulders, for example, the related muscles are constantly overworked and shortened.
Eventually, we may grow into a posture which begins to affect our performance, and even cause discomfort or pain.
We may seek treatment for our specific condition but this will not be addressing the cause of our problem - our way of using ourselves. While we may obtain short-term relief from this treatment, we will continue to interfere and cause damage simply by doing things the way we have been.
The Alexander Technique does not treat specific conditions but rather teaches people to use their bodies in a better and more effective way. Rather than growing into a posture which reflects our old, unconsidered habits, we can gradually grow into a healthier posture by using ourselves in a considered and efficient way. Our bodies will function better and we can perform better.
About Bradley Newman
Bradley has been teaching the Alexander Technique full-time since 2002.
He was originally attracted to studying the technique as a means to helping him recover from RSI, which he had developed while working as a full time pianist during the 1990s.
He began training as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1998 in Sydney, qualifying in 2000. He also returned to professional piano playing at this time, which he continues to do. Prior to this, Bradley studied science at James Cook University, completing his degree in 1991.