The Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique was developed in the 1890's by Francis Matthias Alexander. It is an educational process that is known and taught worldwide, and is recognized for its overall health benefits. A process that gives you life long tools to notice, inhibit and change repetitive and habitual thinking, moving and reacting patterns. Based on principles that are taught during the lessons, the technique gives an overall improved sensory awareness and use of oneself, so you can get back to doing what you like to do with greater ease.
Who can Benefit?
Anyone looking for a whole body healing approach. Everything that you have already tried , tends to help only short term with the symptoms, and yet the problem keeps on re-occurring. All movement begins with the head, neck, and back relationship, so if you have postural habits that are interfering with the head, neck, and back, then one develops issues. Life is busy, we sit and stand for long hours, whether in front of a computer, commuting to work, relaxing in front of the television, playing with our children , squeezing in our fitness routines, etc., and if we don't do these things well, then problems are sure to arise. Life is also stressful. We have responsibilities, bills to pay, chores to do. These things can put the body into the fight or flight reaction. This reaction interferes with the head, neck, back relationship, and causes us to contract muscles that we don"t need to be using.
Specific problems the technique can help with include; muscular tension, headaches, migraines, teeth grinding, neck/back pain, strains, sprains, sciatica, stress, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, achilles tendonitis, other overuse injuries, and many more.
Lessons in the Alexander Technique can help make one more aware of what they're doing that may be contributing or causing their conditions. The technique can help you get back to doing what you like to do with more ease and energy. It doesn't just help the symptoms, it helps you get to the root of the problem.
Each lesson is approximately 30-45 minutes. I will be helping guide you through activities of daily living, as I teach you the technique, so please wear comfortable clothing.
About Veronica Biggar, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique
On September 24, 2019, I completed the 3 year, 1600 hour Teacher Training program at The Toronto School of The Alexander Technique (www.alexandertechnique.ca) with certified teachers Elaine Kopman (over 40 years of teaching experience) and Howard Bockner (over 20 years of teaching experience), members of the Canadian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.
In 1988 I started working for the Medical Council of Canada, filling a variety of positions. And from there, I was introduced to the world of healthcare. I started learning about the different fields of alternative healthcare, and was eventually led to the field of massage therapy.
From 2001-2003, I trained at ICT Kikkawa College in Toronto. I took advanced courses in Myofascial Release, and Remedial Exercise Approach to Postural Dysfunction. I worked in Field Placements at Sunnybrook Hospital, treating clients with Multiple Sclerosis, and Variety Village, treating clients with a variety of conditions such as amputations and spinal cord injuries.
After being a health care professional for 14 years, I learned that massage was beneficial to help treat the symptoms, and I wanted to learn how to get to the root cause of the issue. I had been a competitive runner for many years, and had my share of injuries, which led me to look for more ways, that had a more holistic approach to healing.
This led me to the Alexander Technique.While taking the teacher training program, I have seen, and experienced the overall health benefits. By teaching the Alexander Technique, my goal is to give others the tools to improve their own overall well being.
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