Movement Therapies

The Alexander technique, Feldenkrais method, and Trager approach reeducate muscle movements to improve body flexibility, balance, coordination, and release of muscle tension. There is an increase in energy level and breathing becomes easier and deeper. Children move with great ease and grace but as adults, poor posture and incorrect movements eventually become natural habits. Meanwhile, the body is misaligned and muscles are tense and over-stretched. These unconscious habits can be reprogrammed and new messages relayed to the brain by practicing new patterns of movement that eventually become involuntary and automatic.

Movement therapies are especially effective for the prevention of illness, and their techniques have improved conditions such as stress, chronic pain, neuromuscular (nerve and muscle) and musculoskeletal disorders, and respiratory and digestive problems.

For more information contact: North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, P.O. Box 517, Urbana, Illinois 61801, 1-217-3676956 or 800-473-0620. Feldenkrais Guild, P.O. Box 489, Albany, Oregon 97321, 503-926-0981.

Trager Institute, 21 Locust Avenue, Mill Valley, California 94941, 415-388-2688.

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