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									                                                           Kevin Shannon B.Pharm, M.R.Pharm.S, MSTAT
                                                                   Telephone: (0151) 426 8394

                           Learn to use your                          Mobile: 07913 418 849
                                                                 Email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk
                            body properly in                          Good Health Practice

                               Liverpool                                9 Victoria Street
                                                                             Rainhill
                                                                       Merseyside L35 4LP




                                        Look after yourself

                  Enjoy long-term benefits with the Alexander Technique

                                                        Are you :
          Do you have a problem with :
                                                             • A sportsperson
               • Neck or back pain
                                                             • A musician
               • Stage fright
                                                             • An actor
               • Headaches
                                                             • A singer
               • Panic attacks
                                                             • An executive
               • Stress or anxiety
                                                             • Pregnant


                        Then the Alexander Technique can help you



        The Alexander Technique was developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander in the 19th
century. He was a Shakespearean actor in the days of music hall and had been having problems
with hoarseness whenever he went on stage. He went to see all the top specialists of the day
but all they could recommend was rest. Having rested his voice in the lead-up to a particularly
important performance, he was dismayed to find that his voice was as hoarse as ever after a
short time on stage.

       At this point he decided that the only way forward was to
help himself. He sat down in front of a mirror and observed
himself minutely as he spoke as if he was in conversation with a
friend but could not identify any problems. He then repeated the
process as if he was on stage reciting to a hall full of people and
immediately “was particularly struck by three things that I saw
myself doing. I saw that as soon as I started to recite, I tended
to pull back the head, depress the larynx and suck in breath
through the mouth in such a way as to produce a gasping sound.”
(FMA—The Use of the Self).

       Alexander increased the number of mirrors to three or four and continued this
process of careful observation slowly developing what we have come to know as the Alexander
Technique over a period of ten years or more.




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                                  email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk                      page 1 of 5
                                                         Kevin Shannon B.Pharm, M.R.Pharm.S, MSTAT
                                                                 Telephone: (0151) 426 8394

                          Learn to use your                         Mobile: 07913 418 849
                                                               Email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk
                           body properly in                         Good Health Practice

                              Liverpool                               9 Victoria Street
                                                                           Rainhill
                                                                     Merseyside L35 4LP




                                              BENEFITS

      The only people who benefit from the Alexander Technique are those who do not use
their bodies properly in the first place. Since this includes virtually all of us, it is safe to say
that most people benefit in one way or another. What benefits can be expected are a little
more difficult to predict since that depends on exactly how we misuse our bodies on an
individual basis. Since no two people use (or misuse) their bodies identically, the benefits that
they experience vary accordingly. However it is fair to say that most people employ too much
tension in their movements and consequently, after lessons, notice an increase in freedom of
movement, together with a reduction in tension and stress. Stress itself often leads to other
problems, so as stress levels fall, these other problems tend to decline. Furthermore, the
technique is also useful in cases of injury, particularly if it involves the head, neck or back
such as a case of whiplash sustained during a car accident. The people who have most to gain
are those who misuse their bodies the most. This particularly includes :

      •      Sportsmen and women — Need to use their bodies in the most efficient manner
to get the most out of it.

      •      Executives — Need to be able to deal with the stresses of making decisions
with far-reaching consequences.

      •      Performing artists eg actors, musicians & singers — Use their bodies in an
habitual manner for several hours each day and so need to be able to do this efficiently.

      •       People with rsi — Need to combat habitual tensions.

      •       People suffering from head, neck or back pain — Whilst the AT is not a
treatment, problems are often caused by the use of excessive tension in the habitual
performance of many tasks. These problems often disappear in the process of learning to use
one’s body properly.

     •        Drivers — Adopt the same, slumped position for many hours each day,
weakening muscles and putting excessive tension in the lower back area and constricting the
thorax, so adversely affecting breathing.

        Other benefits also often take people by surprise. Many people, for instance,
find that they start to sleep better after beginning a course of lessons.



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                                 email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk                     page 2 of 5
                                                       Kevin Shannon B.Pharm, M.R.Pharm.S, MSTAT
                                                               Telephone: (0151) 426 8394

                         Learn to use your                        Mobile: 07913 418 849
                                                             Email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk
                          body properly in                        Good Health Practice

                             Liverpool                              9 Victoria Street
                                                                         Rainhill
                                                                   Merseyside L35 4LP




                                             LESSONS

      The Alexander Technique is a method of re-training or re-educating the body so that
we get the most out of it, whatever we do. As children our bodies work as they should and
our joints are completely free. As we grow up however, partly through copying our parents
and teachers and partly through suffering physical and emotional traumas of our own, we
develop tensions which start to impede the free movements of the joints and shorten the
muscles which work most efficiently at their natural, longer length. Over the years, these
tensions become habitual and start to restrict movement. This pulls the body out of balance
and we need to set up compensatory tensions just to stay upright.

                                      During the first half of a lesson in the Alexander
                                Technique, we are taught to look at the way in which we move
                                and at what unnecessary tensions are involved in the
                                movement. Initially, the movements examined are from
                                sitting to standing and vice versa (known as chair work). The
                                reason for this is that these are complex movements that we
                                all perform several times each day and consequently are
                                carried out habitually. Firstly the teacher will look at you and
                                the way in which you move to determine your habits. Then you
are taught to refuse to respond to any stimulus (in this case to stand or to sit) in your
habitual manner and at the same time to replace this response with a more reasoned one. In
the second half of the lesson, the pupil lies down on a table whilst the teacher encourages a
further release of tension (table work).

      The Alexander Technique is not curative as such. “It aims at removing a cause, not
alleviating the symptoms of illness and disease. Bad use [of the body as a whole—FKS ] is one
of the causes or aggravating factors of illness or disability—often the principal one. It has
been shown time and again that improvement in use is followed by the reduction or
disappearance of symptoms, and that illness or disability is checked to the degree commonly
accepted as constituting a cure. However, this is by the way. Teachers of the Alexander
Technique teach. They do not profess to treat, or make extravagant claims to cure.” - Patrick
J. Macdonald.

     Ladies would benefit from wearing comfortable trousers or leggings rather than
a dress or skirt. The only clothes you will be asked to remove are your coat and shoes.
Each lesson lasts for 30 minutes and costs £30


                                http://www.atinliverpool.co.uk
                               email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk                     page 3 of 5
                                                    Kevin Shannon B.Pharm, M.R.Pharm.S, MSTAT
                                                            Telephone: (0151) 426 8394

                       Learn to use your                        Mobile: 07913 418 849
                                                          Email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk
                        body properly in                        Good Health Practice

                           Liverpool                              9 Victoria Street
                                                                      Rainhill
                                                                 Merseyside L35 4LP




                                                THE TEACHER

                        Kevin Shannon was born in Liverpool in 1953. He studied at St.
                        Edward’s college and then went on to read pharmacy at the
                        University of Bradford, qualifying as a pharmacist in 1978. Soon
                        after that he developed an interest in complementary therapies
                        and alternative philosophies until his attention was held by the F M
                        Alexander Technique. In 1984 he studied at the Centre for the
                        Alexander Technique under the tutelage of Eleanor and Peter
                        Ribeaux qualifying in 1987 and has taught on a regular basis since.




     Further information.

     If you would like more information regarding the Alexander Technique please look at
the website (www.stat.org.uk). To book lessons please telephone Kevin on (0151) 426-8394
or email kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk




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                           Kevin Shannon B.Pharm, M.R.Pharm.S, MSTAT
                                   Telephone: (0151) 426 8394

Learn to use your                      Mobile: 07913 418 849
                                 Email: kevin@atinliverpool.co.uk
 body properly in                      Good Health Practice

    Liverpool                            9 Victoria Street
                                             Rainhill
                                        Merseyside L35 4LP




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