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Should it ever be painful?
hi. i am completely new to the alexander technique. i have had bad posture all my life and have as a consequence i have been suffering with chronic muscle spams and neck pain for the last 9 months. i've had physiotherapy, which hasn't worked and finally seem to be making some slow progress with acupuncture but i recognise that without fundamentally changing my bad postural habits things won't change. i've always been told that the alexander technique will be the only thing to really change everything. i recently bought a book on it and started applying the techniques. however within less than 24 hours my pain was worse than ever! going back to slumping provided such relief but i'm ever more aware of how bad this is for me now. do you think this is because i am getting it wrong or because there will be a transitional period where i am using new muscles and retraining my body? i know i should get AT lessons but i really don't have very much money and i was hoping i could self teach. i'd be really grateful for any advice.