Alexander Technique and Neck Pain

Alexander Technique-Neck Pain

Do you have a tense neck? Are you tensing it right now? 

The Alexander Technique teaches how to reduce neck tension; how to free your neck, and reducing neck tension reduces neck pain.

How do you free your neck?  The same way you free your bicep, or any other muscle, though we are not as familiar with controlling our neck muscles.

Reducing Neck Tension

With practice we can release our neck muscles. Letting go of neck muscles reduces neck tension. And you get quicker at recognizing when you’re tensing your neck, or thinking that thought.

Heads, which can weigh ten or fifteen pounds, can put a lot of strain on our neck, especially if we habitually poke our neck forward. If the neck is poking forward (toward the computer screen for example), the muscles in the back of the neck are over-working, all the time. You can reduce neck tension and neck pain by stopping the constant work of the neck muscles. The Alexander Technique teaches you this “do it at home” skill.

Alexander Technique Neck Pain Relief

Let your neck muscles free up, and let your head rotate slightly forward, and go up. Slightly, slowly, lower the tip of your nose while the crown of your head moves up.

Let your sit bones release down into the chair, in opposition to your head moving up. Neither slumping nor straining.

Reduce your neck tension again.

Let your head rotate forward, and go up.

You learn to reduce your neck tension, to reduce your neck pain.

Neck freedom becomes habitual.

Here’s some more about the neck. Alexander Technique Neck

Mark Josefsberg-Alexander Technique NYC

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