The Alexander Technique has been practised since the 1890s, it’s a practical method to re-learn the good habits we had as a child. Noël Kingsley, an Alexander Technique Teacher for the last 38 years and author of Free Yourself From Back Pain (Kyle Cathie), says “re-learning good posture brings the best out of you by encouraging your body to work in harmony. Bad posture is basically some muscles doing too much and others too little.” With his gentle guidance you are encouraged to ‘lead with your head’, allow your ribs and diaphragm to perform properly making breathing easier and learn techniques to relieve joint pressure and extend your limbs. It has been known to even make you taller.
Lifting weights to improve posture may seem strange but the repetitive moves strengthen the upper back, lats, lower back and abdominals which, as we have learnt, pulls our body back in to balance. A personal trainer at a gym will be able to show you the moves you need to perfect but it’s important to remember that when it comes to using weights, for women it’s ‘less weight, more repetition’.