About The Techniques
Alexander Technique is an embodied mindfulness practice. It is ideal for changing movement patterns in a sustainable way and thus overcoming back pain in particular, postural problems and chronic muscular tension. It works with the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems in connection with our cognitive processes to expand our options for how we support and coordinate ourselves in stillness and movement.
It works with the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems in connection with our cognitive processes to expand our options for how we support and coordinate ourselves in stillness and movement.
Deep undoing helps to release and redirect the mental-physical blocks that drag us down and keep us isolated and stuck in the same ruts. This undoing gives way to a more connected, expansive, mobility that may be applied to any activity (sitting, standing, walking, talking, cooking, playing an instrument, etc.)
How do we do what we do?
We walk, stand and sit, work at a computer screen, carry loads, use tools, run to the train – and hardly think about how we do it. After a long day, we complain about tension or pain – and simply attribute it to too much effort. Movement patterns are something very personal.
However, we are not aware of these patterns and only become aware of them when we experience discomfort. Despite advice for example for ‘correct sitting’. But despite all efforts we do not manage to implement them permanently.
With the help of the Alexander Technique, you will find a way out of this dilemma and learn a better way of dealing with yourself.
The result: an effortless, upright posture, easy, flowing movements and permanently more quality of life.
An “instruction manual” for everyday life
Alexander Technique is helpful if you:
- want to cycle, walk, dance, speak, sing, or do other things more easily and efficiently,
- want to deal with pain more consciously
- want to avoid later posture and breathing problems,
- want to be more self-confident and spontaneous in performances and public speeches,
- want to cope better with physical stress at work,
- want to develop yourself personally.
Resources & Research
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- British Medical Journal study on back pain
- Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training
- Pain Management and the Alexander Technique
Havening Techniques® are a radical new and evolving form of scientific therapy that helps permanently treat and heal traumas, anxiety and phobias as well as to create positive alterations in our brain to enhance wellness and resilience. They are a type of psychosensory therapy, meaning applying a sensory touch to produce a response (electro-chemical) that can literally heal and positively alters our mind (psyche).
Past experiences can stay with us in our lives, resulting in unwanted responses and emotions to similar situations. These past experiences can be significant traumatic events that are producing PTSD symptoms, or equally seemingly insignificant experiences that our brain has stored in a way that produces a disproportionate emotional response. Our brain is very literal and doesn’t have our ability to rationally gauge what should be traumatic or not, so due to the way the experience was perceived at the time, it sometimes stores past experiences in a way that means they set off our primitive emotions such as anger, anxiety, or fear whenever something reminds us of them again, even if they seem insignificant when we think about them objectively now.
Havening Techniques® uses a way that has been found to correct the way these memories are stored in our neurology, so that they have no further emotional impact and other responses, and symptoms can be altered for the better, or completely eradicated.
Havening® can help:
- Emotional First Aid
- Reduce feelings of fear, anxiety, and emotional distress.
- Increase feelings of empowerment, safety, peacefulness, and calm.
- Access these emotions on demand.
- Grow your sense of resiliency, resourcefulness, and self-trust.
- Recover from and prevent trauma.
- Reduce the experience of physical discomfort and pain!
- And, for pregnant women, all benefits are passed along to baby
Resources & Research
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- This article goes in depth into the science of Havening® specifically for resolving trauma with what the doctors who developed havening call “electroceuticals”. The healing power of touch to produce delta brain waves that impact encoded trauma in the brain.
- Here’s a study they did to observe the impact of a single Havening® session.
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What is the origin of Havening®Havening (Also known as Amygdala Depotentiation Therapy- ADT) was created by Dr Ronald Ruden, a medical doctor with a specialism??? in neuroscience and emotional trauma, and a published author on trauma and addictions. It came about when he observed a colleague receiving another form of ‘psychosensory’ therapy, EFT, for a phobia. Intrigued by the effective result he worked for over 10 years with his brother Steven Ruden to explore the science behind this approach and with the results, developed the powerful and effective Havening Techniques®.
What is the evidence for Havening®The field of research into Havening is ever expanding. Currently published studies include a study on the impact of a single session of Havening, an additional publication and a recently published study into its the clinical and therapeutic effects. Further studies, projects and research are continually underway and like all well executed research, take time.
Alongside these publications, Havening has significant empirical evidence with thousands of case studies supporting Havening efficiency, showing its beneficial therapeutic effects on trauma, such as phobias, traumatic memories, experiences and events through to the PTSD. Additionally, these thousands of case studies and first-hand experiences of practitioners worldwide reinforce the benefits well beyond trauma and negative past experiences; it is proving highly effective in aiding resilience and wellbeing, leading to a balanced, calm and resourceful state of mind, self-confidence and peak performance.
Is Havening® for me?For some, the idea of touch treating trauma or phobias may seem strange or unfamiliar at first. Yet the basis of it aside from the science of what it does within the brain, is to provide a feeling of calmness and safety. Literally a safe haven. It is what we instinctively and intuitively do to others including our children and partners whenever we want to comfort them or make them feel safe. If you have a pet, children or are naturally tactile you will know the response that your gentle touch has on others.
As adults within our culture, touch has become less familiar for some, yet there is a wealth of evidence showing its benefits due to the release of positive hormones and calming electrical effects it has on our brain and body, be that in the form of massage or Havening.
Even the most apprehensive or sceptical tend to find themselves surprised and feeling great at the end of the process, if a little confused as to where their symptoms have gone! You don’t need to believe in it for it to work. The science does its job without any need for our healthily sceptical, rational mind to be on board if you’re willing to engage in the process fully regardless of your beliefs! It’s hard to argue with the feeling and benefits of a calm brain and body flooded with serotonin which comes with this therapy, but that’s just an aside; it is for you if you’re prepared to try anything to help resolve effects of your past.
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