Simple Relaxation could save you from some really nasty surprises.

Work is actually killing you. This is a fact. You need simple relaxation. Fast. I see it every day as an Alexander Technique Teacher. Through observation of the conditions of muscular tension in the body and often the energy levels that people bring to my practice, it is very troubling to think that people do nothing to counteract this heinous crime corporations have inflicted on their practically enslaved employees. And as the weeks go on, the tension builds up, as does the stress. Just one twenty-minute relaxation exercise, done in the proper way can offset months of tension. Though in truth daily relaxation is essential.

74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. 81% of women said this compared to 67 per cent of men. 83% of 18-24 year-olds said this compared to 65 per cent of people aged 55 and over.

We must be clear what proper relaxation is and that is really important. Every neural pathway (99%) is connected to a muscle. This means that every time you think or respond you tighten up. If you are responding to someone at work this tightening is fairly deep-rooted. The relaxation exercise must be with you lying on the floor, preferably in the semisupine (see link below) as this is the optimum position to bring about the necessary physiological changes, improved posture, breathing and muscular release.

Above all else, we must not think. I know it is impossible but we must try! Listen to music that soothes, but listen, really listen. Use this to develop close listening skills. Take time out to listen to your breathing. Feel muscles relaxing, focus on them. If you really find this difficult you can try my guided relaxation and experience being talked through a relaxation that is deep and effective. Make sure you are in the semi-supine position then try the Guided Relaxation.

Whatever you do, please do some relaxation exercises and if you would like further information let me know.

For now, just try anything really. But do your relaxation exercises.

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Nick Chapman is an Alexander Technique teacher in private practice.

He qualified as a teacher at The Constructive Teaching Centre Lansdowne road in Holland Park and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. He holds the certificate for teachers of the F. Matthias Alexander Technique. He was trained by W.H.M. Carrington.and D.M.G. Carrington. W.H.M. Carrington studied with Alexander and was the most influential teacher in the country. He is now a legend. His wife Dylis was also his teacher and was just as influential.

Nick Chapman is employed by Merrill Lynch and UBS as the resident Alexander Teacher.

Nick Chapman has considerable experience in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, stress and anxiety related problems.

He worked with the Odyssey Trust, where he used Alexander Technique and other relaxation methods for the relief of drug withdrawal.

He also worked in nursing homes where the nurses found great benefits using the technique for stress and the management of various physical problems from maneuvering and handling high risk patients.