I worked with Constance for the first six months of this year. I saw her initially because–despite regular chiropractic and massage therapy–I’d been experiencing chronic moderate-to-severe neck, shoulder, and upper back pain for decades due to postural issues exacerbated by sitting at the computer.
It’s been two months since my last session with Constance and my body is still doing amazingly well. I can sit in a normal desk chair in front of my computer these days in relative ease and comfort. I’ve learned how not to hold my body, and now it pretty much naturally goes where it needs to go without my having to think about it all the time.
I was concerned that, in order for Alexander to work, I would have to force myself to adopt a new “discipline” and in doing so, diligently practice methods that would require constant self-nagging and lots of extra time and energy. That didn’t turn out to be the case. I did (and still do) need to do a little internal reminding in my day-to-day life while I sit, stand, reach, and walk, but I seem to have intuitively integrated most of the new habits. Not only have I noticed ongoing changes to the way I use my body, but my massage therapist has remarked that my shoulder area is looser and more malleable, and my husband mentioned that I don’t walk or sit with my neck hunched forward the way I used to.
One of the aspects that was extremely valuable for me in working with Constance is how well she explained how the body works and why incorporating Alexander techniques can help. She made it easy to understand the science and anatomy of the spine in such a way that I can now visualize it moving as it needs to.