Name: Kay Hogan
City: Pleasant Hill
My favorite workout: I would call it "true fitness." The Alexander Technique is something I practice all day long, from the time I get up until I go to bed. The technique is a movement re-education program to help people prevent injury and recovery from illness or pain.
You relearn how to move naturally, how to use your body without tension or holding and to move from the bones by lengthening and widening your muscles to retain your full height and width.
I first came into contact with the technique in 1984. For many years, I took a one-hour lesson once a week with a certified teacher who I considered a private trainer back before people understood how important it is for someone to work one-on-one with you if you want to improve your posture and movement.
How often I exercise: It's no longer one hour once a week. It's something I work on constantly, always thinking about how I move.
What motivates me: The original motivation was that I had pain in my right hip and knee. But over time, I realize how practicing this technique makes me feel younger. Most body workers don't last in the profession 10 years. You hurt yourself at the table. I've been doing body work for 30 years and am pain free. I wanted longevity in my career and to have a happy retirement. Every year I get more movement in my body.
The hardest part: It's learning to be focused and to be present and to think about my movement all the time. In the beginning it was hard to pay attention to how I moved, but over time it's gotten easier and easier.
What it teaches me: If I'm willing to pay attention to how I use myself in every activity, I can be pain free, have good focus and feel better every year.
To find someone certified to teach you the Alexander Technique, go to the American Society for the Alexander Technique at www.amsatonline.org.
-- Martha Ross, Staff
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