After a Stroke – Table Work (Tablework)(Psychology)(Pain)(Strain)(Injuries)(Posture)(Alexander Technique)(Albuquerque)

by ethankind on March 20, 2014

This ebook, Using the Alexander Technique to Move Better after a Stroke than You Did before the Stroke, is published on this website in a PDF format. It goes into extraordinary detail to help those who have had a stroke to move as well as they use to move or even better.
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Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Because the Alexander Technique is mostly known for how we work with people who have had a stroke to solve their physical problems, it isn’t common knowledge that we also use release work on the massage table to help the person after a stroke get out of physical trouble.

What is the purpose of tablework in an Alexander Technique session?

IT IS TO SHOW THE PERSON WHO HAS HAD A STROKE HOW TO REGAIN MORE CONTROL OF HIS OR HER BODY, FROM HEAD TO TOE, SO THAT THE PERSON WHO HAS HAD A STROKE REGAINS THE ABILITY TO EASE PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT AND LOSS OF PHYSICAL CONTROL THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

What do I mean?

There is an AMAZING principle that is central to the Alexander Technique, and it is not part of any other movement work that I know of. Here is the principle: IF YOU CAN RELEASE TENSION ANYWHERE YOUR BODY, THEN YOU HAVE CONTROL OF YOUR BODY. It is truly a display of true CONSCIOUS CONTROL of your body, when you can release holding and tension anywhere in your body.

ANY PERSON AFTER A STROKE CAN MOVE WITH EXCESS TENSION, AND MOST DO. BUT HARDLY ANY PERSON AFTER A STROKE CAN RELEASE EXCESS TENSION AS HE OR SHE GOES THROUGH THE DAY, UNLESS THEY’VE DONE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE WORK.

Tablework plays a huge role in assisting the Alexander Technique teacher show the person after a stroke which parts of the body that the client has no control over, and then how to regain conscious control over these disconnected areas.

I have the person who has had a stroke lie on the table on his or her back clothes on. I ask the client to let me lift an arm, and to not lift the arm for me or hold it up once I’ve lifted the arm.

You would be surprised how many people after a stroke are incapable of releasing their arm, of making their arm available for me to move without the client helping. The moment the person who has had a stroke realizes I’m going to lift the arm, they lift the arm for me, AND CAN’T LET ME DO THE LIFTING WITHOUT HIS OR HER HELP.

This is a powerful expression of how the person after a stroke has lost the ability to be “at rest” in the arm. In other words, the client is tensed 24/7 to do something with the arm and is never at ease or rest in the arm.

What I just wrote simply translates into the person after a stroke always having unnecessary excess tension in the arms, which is carried into all daily activities, and eventually causes pain and strain, no matter how much at ease the client attempts to be at as he or she goes through the day.

As I work with the person with a person who has had a stroke on the table, I also ask the client to consciously surrender the movement of each leg to me, or to let me support and move the client’s head with a released neck.

So, in tablework I teach the person whom has had a stroke how to consciously regain greater control over the client’s body by ASKING THE CLIENT NOT TO HELP ME.

Let me talk about this psychologically for a moment. WHEN WE ARE NEWBORNS WE DO NOT HELP OUR MOTHERS TAKE CARE OF US. We let our mothers do everything for us initially, and as we mature we learn to do more and more for ourselves, and this is normal and healthy. If you look at the logical progression of doing more and more for ourselves over time, many of us get the message that we must do everything for ourselves all of the time.

This means that if you feel you must do everything for yourself and do it well throughout the day, you will go overboard. Going overboard means you will do too much work in your daily activities. Too much work is too much tension, and this leads to wear and tear and pain.

How this shows up is as an inability of the person whom has had a stroke to stop doing too much unnecessary work in daily activities. IF YOU’VE SPENT A LIFETIME BELIEVING THAT THINGS ONLY GET DONE IF YOU DO THEM, THEN YOU WILL PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DO TOO MUCH TO GUARANTEE THEY GET DONE RIGHT!

The Alexander Technique teacher’s job is to help the person who has had a stroke regain or acquire for the first time greater conscious control of his or her body, by finding that balance between doing what is necessary in doing things, and by learning to let go of the physical tension and habits that are unnecessary in each activity.

IN SO MANY WAYS AN ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE TEACHER CAN TEACH THE PERSON WHO HAS HAD A STROKE THAT IT IS OK TO ACCEPT HELP AND REDISCOVER THE JOY OF NOT HELPING AND NOT DOING UNNECESSARY WORK WITH TABLEWORK.

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