Alexander Technique is an intelligent way to solve the common movement problems that can cause chronic pain and stress. It is a way to notice your movement habits, release compression and move with ease and expansion. A proven self-care method, it is a set of skills that you learn to relieve pain, prevent injury and enhance performance.
It is not a treatment, such as chiropractic or massage. Any treatment has its own unique benefits. The Alexander Technique’s unique contribution is a mode of self-management that gives you independence in maintaining your well-being. Rather than being solely a recipient, you learn to soothe your own nervous system, release your own excess muscular tension and balance your own structure. Alexander skills also make you a more informed, receptive patient when you do need any form of treatment.
It is not a set of exercises such as those your might learn in yoga, physical therapy, Pilates or the gym. Because the Alexander Technique is a way to heighten awareness of how you move and to better coordinate your body during activity, it helps you do specific postures, procedures, or exercises with less strain and more comfort. Since it is a tool to improve your over-all coordination, you become a more alert exerciser who can focus effort during strenuous challenge. You learn more about the body, and bring that refined understanding to a class or set of stretches.
As the premier form of self care, Alexander Technique helps people prevent injury and recover from chronic back, hip, and neck disorders, traumatic or repetitive strain injuries, arthritis and muscle spasms. It can be helpful for people with asthma and stress-related disorder, such as migraine headaches, sleep disorders and panic attacks.
Public speakers use Alexander Technique to improve vocal projection and voice quality. Those in business find it enhances presentation skills and increases confidence. Athletes use the Technique to help them improve strength, endurance, flexibility and anxiety while improving concentration and stage presence.
As your posture and movement style improve, you look and feel better. As your breathing capacity expands, you have a greater resource of energy. Physicians recommend the Alexander Technique to lessen depression and anxiety associated with chronic conditions.
Joanie teaches individual sessions in a private location where peace and beauty provide a safe environment. With gentle touch and verbal direction , her approach to the Alexander Technique help change habitual ways of living. she focuses on the whole person to help create long-term qualitative changes in her clients’ lives.
Joanie Mercer has studied the Alexander Technique since 1976. A Senior Teacher certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique, she is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. Her B.S in Education is from the University of Texas and graduate work in education at the University of Michigan. She has studied psycho-physical therapies including Gestalt, Neo-Reichian breath work, Reiki, Hatha Yoga and Feldenkrais Method and other complementary nutritional, relaxation and stress management techniques.
Please go to her website for more information and testimonials: http://www.joanie-mercer.com.