Back in 1931, Alexander wrote “it is impossible to separate ‘mental’ and ‘physical’ in any form of human activity”. This understanding is widely accepted these days, even if much is still being learned about what it means in practice.
The Alexander Technique is partly about re-educating our kinaesthesia the innate sense we have about how much or little effort is needed in any activity in life.
If we can more freely and easily carry out our daily activity, including handling the stress of work, we make a great contribution to our own happiness, confidence and well-being.
Our inner organs consist of a lot of soft tissue and pipes through which fluids flow. The effort we make with our muscles affects whether blood flows freely, food gets digested, air comes in or out properly these tissues must be supported by muscles, but not so much that they get literally squashed. This, of course, makes a major contribution to our general mental and physical state and sense of well being.
A loss of satisfactory postural support can be associated with:
- Personal insecurity and nervousness
- Lack of resilience
- Lassitude low energy levels, due to minimal breathing capacity
- Emotional irritability due to internal muscle pressures.