The Alexander Technique can have great benefits for sports enthusiasts, performers and musicians
Golf can be a very frustrating game, where an inconsistent shot can be followed by another inconsistent shot and this soon becomes a poor game which is best forgotten.
How can learning the Alexander Technique help with this?
* Firstly the principles of the Technique teach you not to react to the situation, to remain calm and take each shot independently, it helps with focus and to remain present and in the moment often called “playing in the zone”
* Learning the Technique also helps you to move in a balanced and more co –ordinated way, with greater freedom so you can hit the ball a greater distance
How is this achieved?
You can discover with the help of a teacher how to move and bend with less tension, so your body works more to its optimum.
Some tips to help your golf game:
* As you address the ball notice your contact with ground, sense your socks in your shoes
* Notice if you have any excess tension in your grip, think about your shoulders softening
* Is there any tension in your jaw - getting rid of tension by releasing the breath in an “ah” can help too.
* Before you take your swing stop and pause, notice if you are tightening or anticipating the shot, release any tension again, then just take your swing without paying too much attention to how you swing, just allow the swing to happen
* Did you feel greater freedom of movement in your swing?
Finally a great way to prepare yourself for your golf game is to lie down like this the active rest or semi supine lying down position
I have used the Technique to improve my golf. There is more fluidity to my stroke. I have learnt to stop "end gaining" that is trying too hard to hit the ball a long way and am more focused and present. The ball as a result goes much further. I am much less likely to fluff up a putt as I am able to ignore external pressures of trying to sink the putt.
Sometimes we overreactto the terrain and tense up. The Alexander Technique gives us the tools to eliminate such habits. Think freedom in the knees and hips as the knees release forward and away, just allowing the skis to follow the terrain. There is a great video of young children skiing just illustrating this perfectly - You've got to be Free to Ski
I have also applied the Technique to cycling. It is essential to be aware of your sitting bones and to attend to the length of your spine. Think of free hips and knees going forward and away. Do not over grip the handle bars.
Musicians, Performers and Public Speakers
The Alexander Technique is taught in a large number of music colleges and drama schools. It helps prevent injury with musicians and improves their breathing. It can also help with stage fright. Alexander himself was a performer and public speaker and he was able to resolve his own speech problems through observation and increased self awareness. The Technique is a very useful tool for those people who regularly have to make presentations in their work.