Modern Societies, Fight or Flight 

and our Fragile Nervous Systems.

Applying Alexanders Teachings.

how to beat fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome



The Autonomic Nervous System was already under immense pressure at the time you were subjected to your particular "trigger infection" and this will have been the case for some time. This time the Nervous System collapsed and you became one of the unfortunate people who go on to develop Fibromyalgia and CFS.


In individuals who become victims of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, the fear reflex is often so strong that their tension becomes habitual, particularly in the neck and shoulders. This begins to stretch and pull the body into a distorted posture which over time becomes fixed.


If you need evidence of the power of the fear reflex - do this exercise; Next time you go to work, take the busiest most congested unpleasant route, note how you feel on getting into the car at home, note how you feel when you hit the congestion, and note how you feel in your head, neck and shoulders when you finally get out of the car at the other end.


On another day take a quiet country road to work and see how you feel when you get there, compare and contrast.


I have already mentioned the particular characteristics of Fibromyalgia and CFS sufferers, how they are often ambitious, go-getters, highly stressed individuals with little time to spend examining their psychological, emotional condition.


Alexander believed that many of the symptoms of malaise in modern society even 60 years ago were due to the goal-oriented philosophies that were becoming so prevalent. We have become a society where only results matter. The game and how we get to the end result is the only tangible measure of success.


This purely goal oriented, end-gaining structure, Alexander believed, is largely at the root of much physical suffering, causing us to wear out our bodies through the stress and tension caused at a muscular level.


Alexander declared that not only would humans eventually destroy themselves with this stress but also that they would destroy humanity and even the planet by using all its resources.



With global warming, wars, population explosions and rising sea levels all blamed on humanity itself we can see just how true his words of 60 years ago have become today.


Alexander did offer hope that we can choose to use the innate common sense that we are born with as children to do what is right, and make reasoned correct choices.


Or we can continue down the goal-oriented purely capitalist ideologies we are fed at every corner at every juncture after early childhood, imitating already sick and ill adults and so continue to feed the process of decline.


In Western society children at school are force fed conformity. It is practically a sin to be different. Children who are different are bullied and ostracized.


Children are not allowed to think freely or become unique. Alexander firmly believed this to be a foolish and detrimental approach.


Alexanders approach is to reprogram consciousness and allow children and adults free choice in the way they live their lives.

As babies learn to stand we can see that the body, the neck and the head all adopt a perfect alignment, the youngsters move about gracefully and with great agility and mobility.


Unfortunately as we know this doesn’t last and the children begin to copy the crooked bent postures of adults, the slumped posture of depressed teenagers, and eventually start to become the next generation of over-stressed, tense Western adults.





Clive L. Haslam, (B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)

CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.

CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.



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