RSI or Repetitive Strain Injury is often thought of as a modern disease as its occurrence has increased in recent years in parallel with the increase in modern technology and computing.
Of course it has always been possible for RSI to occur wherever there is a repetitive situation involving movement and a degree of tension. The mechanical usage of the body can withstand a terrific amount of demand and all it requires is adequate release at every possible moment.
Where things get tricky is where there is a sense of urgency. This can create a problem making it more difficult to let go in the process of performing the task at hand. The tension in the feelings and mind is expressed through tension in the muscles which then impairs the function of the body and increases the sense of tension and urgency in the mind.
This vicious circle can have such a tight grip that even when the task is not in process, the tussle continues at all times, even when asleep.
My first introduction to the technique involved my piano teacher and her spectacular RSI injury, and equally spectacular recovery through the use of the Alexander Technique. You can read more about this story on this page: Performance.
Since I became a teacher I have seen many more people overcome the crippling effects of RSI through the AT. The whole Self approach allows the removal of the habit in every area; the thinking, the habits, the muscles, wherever it may be lurking in the person.
In fact, if the problem (habit of tension) is in the body, it will be in the mind, if it's in the mind, it will be in the body!
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