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Introducing the Alexander Technique In Giving Birth Naturally

Updated on January 31, 2015

Introducing the Alexander Technique In Giving Birth Naturally

As I was researching about the different techniques of giving birth I came across this one Alexander technique in giving birth. I think it is a nice technique because it is also helpful even for those who are not pregnant and wanted to have a good posture in general. Like any other technique in giving birth the natural way, the Alexander technique in giving birth is more focus on the things that you do the natural way and being at ease with your self. In a nutshell it is a technique in which " people can learn to release muscular tension, increase breathing capacity and restore the body's original poise and proper posture". This technique is popular to those who are into sports, entertainment industry -- singers etc and for pregnant women.

Introducing the Alexander Technique In Giving Birth Naturally

The Alexander Technique:

F. M. Alexander (1869-1955), a stage performer is the one who developed this technique. According to resouces -- the Alexander technique is another form of alternative medicine and educational discipline which focused "on bodily coordination, including psychological principles of awareness. It is applied for purposes of recovering freedom of movement, in the mastery of performing arts, and for general self-improvement affecting poise, impulse control and attention".

According to the American Pregnancy Association, Alexander technique work in basic premises :

  • People can learn to release muscular tension, increase breathing capacity and restore the body's original poise and proper posture.
  • This technique was developed for sitting, standing and moving with safety, efficiency, and ease after solving his vocal trouble. Alexander technique is beneficial to any person including pregnant women
  • As your body changes, "lower back pain, balance, digestive problems, shortness of breath can be helped through simple modifications in your movement".
  • In terms of pregnancy, "when it is time to deliver you will be able to breathe, and calm your system, focus during the birth, help open the cervix during dilation and prepare for effective pushing as the baby comes".

In Alexander technique -- the coach, the parents can help in the birthing or delivery process by learning the lessons and the father can help assist the woman to facilitate her own way of giving birth by encouragement and support and loving assistance.

The Alexander technique can help prepare the woman during childbirth by :

  • learning how to be calm and breathe when in labor
  • maintain focus and concentrate on inner self during labor
  • facilitate the opening or dilation of the cervix
  • coordinate her body to push and know how to exert effort on her own for the baby to come out.

Introducing the Alexander Technique In Giving Birth Naturally

According to Baby Center a well known site for pregnancy and baby care stated that the Alexander technique and as a method can "help women physically prepare for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood by focusing on alignment, balance, and coordination".

Classes are offered to : for demonstration, explanation, and repeated examination of what spontaneously occurs in the student.

  • Hands-on suggestions are offered in the context of everyday actions such as sitting, standing, walking, using the hands, and speaking.
  • Assistance with sports, hobbies, or the performing arts may be requested by students as further topics of personal interest.
  • Light hand contact is also used to detect the student's unnecessary physical and mental stresses.

Conclusion:

  • The Alexander technique in giving birth naturally sounds good and it is also beneficial to those who are not pregnant. Giving birth the natural way is the way to go, the husband becomes a partner and helps the woman in this technique, plus you will learn the basic of moving in your own natural way discovering yourself, and then you learn how to ease your labor pains naturally while you are more attune to yourself.

For educational classes and more information you can visit their site at: alexandertech.org and alexandertechnique.com

Introducing the Alexander Technique

Introducing the Alexander Technique

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    • Truth From Truth profile image

      Truth From Truth 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Your knowledge is impressive Maita. You give excellent tips and information. Thank you.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thnak you yes Alexander the Great hehe, the man who invented this posture technique is named Alexander, Thanks again Andromida, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Sandy, maita

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      syras mamun 

      8 years ago

      Great thing to learn.If 'Alexander'the great were still alive,he will be proud of this hub :)Awesome hub Maita,with great details. Thanks.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Another great hub.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Billy, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Micky Dee, such a sweet greeting, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Kuya Dave, yes it is good for both the pregnant and the men nd women who loves to have good posture, How are you Kuya? Maita

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Maita my Ate' this is a great article for posture, but, the question remains, what does a man know about giving birth having never been able to experience it personally? Hmmmmm?

      KUYA Dave.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Happy birthday- you beautiful creature! We all love you Dear!

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Learning new things everyday Maita :)

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks kowality, I orefer the natural ways and so I guess I am sharing it to those who are still giving birth, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Mam Nellieanna, I appreciate your comments, I dont know if I covered all already hehe, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks word, I appreciate your comment and for greeting me, HUGS, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Cris, Maita

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      wow... you're always on the cutting edge, Maita!

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      wordscribe41 

      8 years ago

      Interesting and thorough hub, Maita. Boy, my breathing left something to be desired when I was in labor. Even my pinky was tense. Ugh. Anyway, thanks for sharing this useful information.

      Happy birthday, girly girl!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Quill, see your new avatar, Thanks, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Amber, thanks dear, Maita

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      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Maita

      You are really covering every angle of pregnancy in your hubs. Well done! Amber:)

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Great HUb as always and filled with information for the expectant Mom...

      Blessings

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Goodgrief, girl! One would have to be birthing a baseball team in order to sample all the wonderful new birthing methods you've found to share! Great work, too! It's really good to know about these. Never know when a granddaughter may need some advice!! LOL Thanks, Maita!!

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      kowality 

      8 years ago from Everywhere

      There is always something to learn when I visit your Hubs. Up until now I thought there was only one way to have a baby. Thank God there are still plenty of "Storks" around.

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