I’m Michaela Wohlgemuth and I teach my 6 week introduction -programme “BACK in Balance” based on the Alexander Technique in Westport, Galway and elsewhere in the Ireland.
You’re probably visiting this site because you have back pain, RSI or stress. Welcome, you’ve taken the first step in resolving the problem, not just treating the symtoms.
The ultimate life skill is learning how to take care of ourselves as a whole: how we function, how we ‘use’ our bodies, how we think – all required for health and well-being.
Many people find themselves in physical pain, under strain and stress with little or no understanding of the underlying causes or know what to do about it. This is where the Alexander Technique can help you to make sustainable changes.
The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method of self-management, an unique process for change. It is a process that gives students an opportunity to explore the sources of maladaptive habits. It is a clinically proven, straightforward and employed by multinational companies including Google and the BBC to help their teams to cope with the challenges of office life. The Technique is also widely practised by performing artists. It is required at The Lir Academy Dublin, at Juilliards and RADA London. William Hurt, the late Alan Rickman, Meryl Streep and Glen Close are amongst the actors, musicians, poets and Nobel Laureates who benefited from Alexander’s work.
It is an educational method for improved posture, body mechanics and breathing. It provides an accessible framework for learning to prevent or eliminate back-pain, changing habitual behaviors and releasing stress and chronic tension through a method of embodied mindfulness.
In 2008, the prestigious British Medical Journal published an extensive study on the benefits of the Alexander Technique for chronic and recurrant chronic pain. It concluded that one-to-one sessions taught by registered teachers of the Alexander Technique has long-term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.
The Alexander Technique makes me feel more comfortable, poised and peaceful. The Technique helps me to let go of tension and feel better, not just during lessons, but always. – Rachel Baird, Media Officer
“I started seeing Michaela as I had constant pain in my right shoulder, neck and lower back. I have tried various things in attempts to alleviate the pain, but now I understand that pain I had was due to my poor posture. I’ve been able to adapt what I have learnt from Michaela to every aspect in my life-lifting, bending, walking, standing, sitting, lying down …everything. What is really beneficial about the work Michaela has done with me are the simple reminders I can now give to myself so that I can avoid poor posture-I have now a better understanding of how my body, especially work and I am consequently comfortable for the first time in months.”
– Kathy D. , nurse
The Alexander technique is the ultimate tool in any surfers daily plan.
After my first session with Michaela I could feel the huge benefit to my surfing
as well as every other aspect of daily life.
I now enjoy a new awareness of my body and the surrounding environment,
with an improved flexibility, balance, coordination and stamina.
I recommend this technique to everybody, it is very easy to adapt it to
your normal everyday life. Elvis Beetham, Surf School Mayo