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Alexander Technique is a method of mind/body integration, leading to ease of movement and awareness. The Alexander Technique is usually taught in individual lessons, during which the pupil/client becomes aware of patterns of contraction in everyday activities such as walking, sitting, standing, bending and lifting. With the help of the Alexander teacher's verbal guidance and light informative touch, the student discovers excess tension and movement patterns and other inhibiting habits that are resulting in pain, and then learns to release them. Often the Alexander Technique is taught as rehabilitation centers and pain clinics.
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