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A technique for a healthier life

Monday, 28th January, 2013 12:11pm

When graphic designer Veronique Druesne suffered from repetitive strain injury (RSI) she sought help from physiotherapists and doctors. Unfortunately, her options for the injury were exhausted until she came across a course in The Alexander Technique. The technique was beneficial to her in all aspects of her life. Impressed with the results, the French native, who lives in Cork, trained for three years in Galway to teach the technique and has been sharing her knowledge with others since 2006.

FM Alexander was an Australian actor who suffered laryngitis whenever he performed. When doctors could not help him, he discovered the solution on his own. He had not been aware that excess tension in his neck and body were causing the problem. Through experimentation, he found new ways to speak and move with greater ease. After noticing the improvement in his health, doctors and friends of Alexander asked him to teach the method and, after 35 years of teaching, his method is now known as The Alexander Technique.

Many people who sit at a computer all day frequently complain of neck and back problems. Working as a graphic designer, Veronique was no exception.

“When I started doing the Alexander Technique, it not only resolved my RSI but also ended up changing the way I moved, the way I thought, I became calmer, and my whole posture actually changed.   It was like getting an instruction manual on how I worked, and was like re-learning the balance and poise that we all seem to have as children. Of course this didn't happen overnight and it has been a commitment but very worthwhile.”

If you suffer from back or neck pain, stress, or a lack of energy, and are at the end of your tether trying treatments that do not work,  the Alexander Technique might be the answer. The technique will help you to get to the source of your problem by learning simple and effective ways to improve your posture, and it shows you to identify and lose the harmful habits that you have built up over a lifetime of stress.

“Most people don't realise that they are causing damage to themselves, causing tension in their muscles. Tension in the body can be caused by those trying to correct their posture by pushing their shoulders back.

"During a session, we analyse and observe what people are doing, we look at movement patterns and body mechanics. We will introduce the technique and then help patients apply it to everyday life,” explains Veronique.

It's not just those with back and neck problems that can benefit from The Alexander Technique, those with carpel tunnel or a clicking jaw may find the technique helpful. The technique also works well for pregnant women as it helps with the shift in balance that the bump creates and helps to avoid associated ailments like back pain and sciatica. It can also be helpful for women with young children like Veronique herself who is constantly pushing prams, lifting her toddler in and out of his cot bed and generally running after him all day.

If you are suffering from neck or back pain or just want to learn how to look after yourself effectively and regain energy, The Alexander Technique Studio on the Pouladuff Road, Cork is starting a six week course from Monday 4  February.   The course will take place every Monday from 7-8.30pm. Contact Veronique  on  021-4963339. For more information on The Alexander Technique see www.alexandertechnique.com.

 

 

 

 

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