Stress Without Strain
how to better manage the levels of stress in your life?
Life can be stressful. Even
simple act of sitting in a chair and working at a computer is, to a
varying degree, stressful. The same can be said of a whole range of
activities in any workplace.
Meeting Stress Constructively.
of us have the possibility of determining how much stress
we have in our lives. It just happens. Fortunately
there remains an element of conscious choice in
the way we deal with stress.
the problem is not so much one of stress - it is always there in some
form or another - but in how we choose to deal with it.
Technique you learn how to respond to stress without incurring
inappropriate levels of muscular tension. You develop the ability to
allow your body to remain well aligned and balanced as you meet the
demands of your life.
way in which we deal with stress in our life can lead us
down a path to chronic pain. The presence of this pain - or fear of its
recurrence - can then become an added stress
in our lives.
hand, we may choose to meet stress with a
constructive, creative solution. It all depends on the 'how' of our
Response or Reaction?
management requires active involvement. The Alexander Technique helps
us recognise the significant difference between reacting and
responding. Do you simply 'react' to stresses or do you make conscious
decisions about the nature of your 'response'?
'respond' rather than to continually 'react' in an habitual way can
help us to move with greater ease, raise our enjoyment in what we do
and enhance our ability to do it well.
- 'Re - acting' describes a
doing something which leans heavily upon what has been learnt in the
past. To a large degree it is an unconscious process.
- 'Responding' requires an
awareness of what is happening "right now" together with a conscious
choice to allow yourself to act in a way appropriate to the
moment and the task at hand.
The Alexander Technique.
Individual sessions in
help you reorganise your total pattern of body movement. You
encouraged into new possibilities of movement and response. This does
not involve manipulation, massage - or a radical change in lifestyle.
Using simple, everyday
movements such as sitting,
walking you experience the difference between "reaction" and
"response". Of itself this "rebalancing" of your system helps generally
in your ability to deal with stress.
More importantly learning to apply
the Technique to these simple tasks
provides you with a
practical template of how you may choose to respond to a wider range of
stimuli - working at a computer station, communicating with
irate client, performing in front of an audience, working in a
physically demanding environment - without escalating the
of tension in your system in an unnecessary way.