This page contains links to a large number of resources that you can't help but find useful on your
journey to the other side of OOS - enjoy the trip!
Remember, when seeing any health professional, conventional or otherwise, it is wise to check their credentials
before spending your money with them.
The Alexander Technique
To find a teacher of The Alexander Technique see:
The Alexander Technique is about teaching you to remove patterns of mis-use from your everyday
use of your body. The net effect is that you become able to perform the same tasks while
building up far less tension in your body, obviously a very useful skill for overcoming OOS.
For more information about The Alexander Technique see:
Of great benefit to asthma sufferers, Buteyko will help you breath better and help your awareness:
The Feldenkrais® Method
The Feldenkrais® Method is a unique system of movement education where you learn awareness of
how you use your body and improve your functioning. These subtle, gentle movement lessons
develop awareness, organisation and co-ordination and provide new alternatives for moving.
Here are some good sites dedicated to OOS:
To find an Osteopath see:
Osteopaths specialise in the structure of the body and they are very good at fixing things that
are wrong with it, like problems caused by too much tension. What they can't do is prevent
the build up of that tension or the ongoing problems caused by it.
There are many variations of osteopathy, not all of them work for every person. If an
osteopath is not able to help you, try another osteopath who uses a different method.
For more information about Osteopathy see:
The Pilates Method
To find a Pilates teacher see:
The Pilates method is an excercise method which aims to create balance in the body. This is
achieved through a series of well designed movements whose objectives are to improve muscle
balance, flexibility, coordination and strength.
The result this has on out of balance muscles effected by OOS can be excellent.
For more information about Pilates see:
To find a Reiki practitioner see:
Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning universal life force energy. This healing energy
is drawn through the body and vitalises the whole system. Reiki is very relaxing, soothes
pain and shock, calms the mind and emotions and treats on all levels with a feeling of
The best part about Reiki is that you can go on a one day attunement course, after which you can
treat yourself and others for the rest of your life.
For more information about Reiki see:
The word relax is often (wrongly) associated with activities like slumping in an arm chair in
front of the TV - you need to relax, not collapse. Have you ever wondered why you often end
up more tired than when you started when you do this?
Your body can relax best when it's in a state that doesn't create excessive tension in
muscles. When you slouch in a sofa, you create tension and imbalance in your back, and if
your head is not supported or balanced above your neck, your neck has to work to hold it up.
To relax properly you need to do it actively; stop, place your body in a state that releases
tension, and focus your mind on the job.
There are a lot of techniques for relaxing and it's no coincedence that a lot of them involve
lying on your back on the floor. This is a position in which your body is in a well balanced
state, and your muscles are readily able to let go.
Below are a great variety of ways to relax:
To increase your self awareness try the Alexander Technique, Pilates, Reiki, various relaxation techniques,
Tai Chi and Yoga. You need to find methods that work for you and that you enjoy doing.
The Alexander Technique is worthy of special mention here. I have yet to find anything that creates
the same self awareness that this does.
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To find a Tai Chi teacher see:
Tai Chi helps to develop a healthy body and alert mind. The slow and rhythmic movements improve
breathing and coordination, and relax muscles and joints.
For more information about Tai Chi see:
To find a Yoga teacher see:
Yoga improves state of mind, posture, self awareness, breathing control, strength, stamina and
flexibility. Your level of fitness and general health will benefit greatly.
For more information about Yoga see:
This page is intended as information only, not medical advice. The author can not be responsible for any
results or lack of results coming from the use of this information.