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1 Richard Brennan Alexander Technique Change Your Posture, Change Your Life

2 What is the Alexander Technique?

3 Awareness Choice Freedom

4 How can the Alexander Technique help you?

5 Benefits of the Technique Preserves Health Reduces Pain Reduces Stress Enhances Performance Increases Enjoyment of the Present Improves Posture

6 Preserves Health Experienced teacher Elisabeth Walker pulling another person out of a chair at the age of 90!

7 George Bernard Shaw took lessons from Alexander himself when he was 80! Alexander established not only the beginning of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements we call reflexes, but a technique of connection and self control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education. George Bernard Shaw

8 Reduces Pain 97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique – it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery. Dr Jack Stern, spinal neurosurgeon and founding partner of Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York, USA Conclusion of Southampton University Research: One to one lessons in the Alexander technique have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain. British Medical Journal - 18 th August 2008

9 Reduces Stress

10 Improves Performance The following people have all benefited from Alexander lessons: Greg Chappell - cricket

11 Daley Thompson - decathlete

12 Linford Christie - running

13 Sally Swift - equestrian

14 Jeff Julian - golf

15 John McEnroe - tennis

16 Improves breathing and the voice Julie Andrews

17 Paul McCartney

18 Madonna

19 Sting

20 Improving performance - Acting Paul Newman

21 William Hurt

22 Hillary Swank

23 Keanu Reeves

24 Judi Dench

25 Kelvin Kline

26 Terence Stamp

27 Jennifer Saunders

28 Robin Williams

29 John Cleese

30 Prevents Chronic Muscular Fatigue James Galway

31 Julian Bream

32 Mairtin OConnor

33 Increase Enjoyment of the Present Moment

34 Improves Posture How would you define the word posture? The way you hold yourself? The way you carry yourself? The position or shape you are in? or The relation of one or more parts of your body to the rest? The outer expression of how you feel inside?

35 Dictionary definition of the word Posture is: the relationship of one or more parts of your body to the rest

36 Good posture happens when that relationship is free Poor posture happens when that relationship is fixed

37 Good posture is enjoyable

38 poised

39 flowing

40 balanced

41 relaxed

42 attentive

43 all of the above!

44 Posture is also an outward expression of how you feel inside

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48 New book by Richard Brennan Available January 2012

49 Find out more about the Alexander Technique by exploring


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