The Alexander Technique gave me a new sense of release and freedom of movement.
My name is Emma Hyland. I grew up in Canberra and undertook an Asian studies degree at the ANU. I had always experienced a lot of muscle tension and pain. This became severe neck and shoulder pain during my Honours year, leading to me being told by a health professional that I would never be able to perform a computer-based job.
In my search over the years for a more comfortable way of being, I have tried many therapies and approaches including studying Vipassana meditation through a series of silent retreats. Undertaking this level of mindfulness practice was a positive and life changing experience for me, and greatly improved my sense of well-being and calm. However I was still missing a piece of the puzzle, as my muscle tension and pain remained quite severe.
Learning the Alexander Technique
I found the Alexander Technique when I was in my early 30s. In my first lesson I immediately knew that this was what I had been looking for. This was the first time I had ever come out of any form of therapy or teaching feeling a release of some of my tense muscles, and a greater sense of expansiveness and freedom of movement.
I was a public servant in Canberra for over a decade, where I worked with computers daily. Alexander Technique practices greatly decreased the levels of pain I experience when using a computer. I have also found the Alexander Technique draws strongly on my experience of mindfulness practice.
I undertook my Alexander Technique teacher training in Canberra between 2016 and 2019, with the aim of deepening my own practice, and helping others to find a gentle, mindful and effective way of reducing tension and pain, and improving their experience of being in their body.