How to fight stress, neck and back pain, and overall live happily ever after?

Real Estate Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

How to fight stress, neck and back pain, and overall live happily ever after?

That's pretty strong, isn't it? And you expect my first sentence to be somehting like: "another way advertizing misleads us"

Well, my friends, not at all, not at all. 

I wanted to write about Alexander Technique. This is a seemingly simple, but very powerful way to learn to use your body in a proper and efficient way. We can relearn the way we used to move when we wree children (and started loosing it at about age 3)

Alexander technique is most well known by performing artists (actors, dancers, musicians, singers), and is often advertized that way. 

However, ANYONE can benefit from it. We are used to hunch over sitting at a computer, for example, and show me one person who doesn't have at least a slight discomfort after working on a computer for 2 hours straight? And there shouldn't be any discomfort, not to mention pain. 

Technique was created by Australian Actor Frederic Mattias Alexander, (hence the name). Main idea: we engage way too many muscles in our body to perform the simplest task. Imagine: you have to pick up a needle, but you use a force enough to lift a hummer. That way additional - and unnecessary - tension is created,  which leads to stress in our body. 

Alexander Technique is NOT a massage, NOT a work out, yet NOT a gimmick. Alexander Teacher isn't DOING anything to you. S/he is giving you cues, that you follow. 

Best part - you can eventually learn to use the principles on your own.  There are private practicioners who give Alexander Lessons, they should have proper education and be members of American Society for Alexander Technique.  You can search for a cetified teacher by area, when you google the Society.

If you ever decide to take ALexander Lessons, it usually brings better  -and faster results - if you can commit to at least 10 lessons, and take them as batch, every day would be best. Every other day - second best. Most likely you will need more lessons, but if you happen to "feel the difference" - you'll be hoocked.

It's a difference in your body that reflects on your emotions and actions. it's as if "the better part" of you is now taking over. You are at ease with yourself and the world, yet you are not a jello-like relaxed substance, it's very different feeling than after a massage - you are very alert and ready to act on a moments' notice. You are less tired or not tired at all! Back pain / neck pain (if you had one, of course ) - is gone... Sleep is better (if you ever had issues)... You have wonderful posture... List can go on. 

What does Alexander Technique give you as an agent? Aside from all marvelous benefits I just described,

  • it can easily fit into your schedule 
  • you won't need any specific uniform to carry with you
  • you won't sweat after it (so don't need to leave extra time for shower and overall "getting ready" routine), 
  • you will feel at your best  afterwards, so can safely go for a lesson before a tough negotiation. 
  • And most of all: even though we can't eliminate STRESS from our lives, and especially work, we can change how we react and deal with it. Alexander Technique does help. 

In Boston Metro West area there are 2 prominent schools: Alexander Technique School New England (ATSNE) in Amherst, and Alexander Technique Training Center (ATTC) in Newton Center. You can contact them for more information. Otherwise - Google is our best friend...

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have as well. I took several lessons, it helped me get rid of backpain. I'm actually thinking about taking lessons again... Hence, the post...


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Anna Glebova


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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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Интересно. Странно, что я никогда об этом не слышал. ни в Американской прессе. ни в Русской. Что только значит. что это прошло мимо меня.

Обязательно "Гуглану".


Sep 05, 2010 04:48 PM #1
Ted J. Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Milton, GA

Thanks for the great timely post, I have been sitting too long at my computer already writing blogs, etc.

Sep 05, 2010 04:51 PM #2
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA


Alexander Technique is not well known in Russia. I doubt there are any practicioners. In US most artists would have heard of it, or even taken lessons, it's much more popular in Greta Britain (since the creator of the system F.M. Alexander lived and worked there almost all his life).  

Thank you for stopping by. 

Ted, I've been doing the same thing! That gave me an idea to call up my Alexander Teacher - AND write a blog.

Sep 05, 2010 05:08 PM #3
Wade Kawahara
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Anna, that sounds intriguing so I'll hvae to check it out.

Sep 05, 2010 05:34 PM #4
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Wade, glad you found this interesting. It's not a fast path, but it's a sure path, and might be worth the try

Sep 06, 2010 02:54 PM #5
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