For some people, better breathing is the best and most important benefit of Alexander Technique (AT). These include people with breath-impairing conditions, ranging from allergies to asthma, COPD or post-COVID symptoms. Since the early twentieth century when Alexander Technique was first developed, it has been used to help people breathe more easily.
Your doctor’s office should always be your first stop if you suspect you have an underlying medical disorder interfering with your breathing. But your wellness journey may not end with a diagnosis, or even with medical treatment. You may already be following your doctor’s orders for a chronic breathing condition, and still crave greater relief, without increasing drugs that can cause unwanted side-effects.
For the best outcome possible, consider adding regular visits to the betterATbeing studio for Alexander Technique lessons. Your lessons can make breathing difficulties easier to manage. And AT is side-effect-free. For a better everyday experience.
How AT promotes good breathing
At betteratbeing, you can learn AT as it was taught by F.M. Alexander and perpetuated by master teacher Walter Carrington. This approach promotes a noticeable lengthening and widening of the whole torso, freeing the ribs for greater mobility, and creating conditions for a better exchange of oxygen.
As with all of Alexander Technique's benefits, the better breathing AT brings about results from better functioning. AT teaches you to better coordinate yourself, making all your respiratory organs and musculature work better together. And in managing chronic breathing difficulties, this is a considerable advantage. Because breathing is an intricate, exquisitely orchestrated function of the whole Self.
Poorly coordinated breathing is a problem many perfectly healthy people suffer from, often without realizing it. But for someone with a diagnosed breathing disorder, faulty coordination can make a bad situation much worse. Fortunately, AT is ideal for restoring good breath coordination to those with such disorders.
In the end, knowing you can use your AT skills, at any time, to improve your own breathing, reduces the stress associated with a sudden respiratory attack. That confidence helps you breathe easier, all by itself.