If you are concerned about your posture, Alexander Technique is most certainly for you! The Technique will help you to see and experience what is going wrong, and give you the simple, ease-generating tools you need to stop the ‘wrong’, and to allow the natural ‘right’ to re-emerge. And from my own experience, nothing feels better!
Alexander Technique helps thousands of people with muscular and skeletal problems like back pain, RSI, frozen shoulder, neck pain, arthritis, sciatica, migraine, tennis elbow, and many others. In 2008, the results of a randomised controlled trial into the effectiveness of Alexander Technique in addressing back pain was published in the British Medical Journal, the Rolls Royce of medical literature in the UK.
“24 lessons in the Alexander Technique [led to] an 86% reduction in days in pain compared with the control group”
“One-to-one lessons in the Alexander Technique from registered teachers have long-term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”
In 2012, the University of Western England and Bristol University together published a research paper on the effectiveness of Alexander Technique in pain management.
“Greatest changes were found in how [those having AT lessons] managed their pain, for example more than half stopped or reduced their medication, and in the impact that the pain had on their daily life.”
Pregnancy and after
Pregnancy and being the parent of a baby and toddler put huge and usually unaccustomed stress on the body, to do with picking up and carrying additional weight. Alexander Technique is a really valuable tool for pregnant women and new mothers and fathers to make sure that they are able to manage these new circumstances without causing or increasing postural problems for the future.
Tension and Stress
Stress is the area where most people recognise the effect of their mind/emotions on their body: a stressful day leads almost everyone to tighten their shoulders, neck, back, legs or feet (or all of these!). Alexander Technique will address these physical tensions, and that feeds back into the mental side as relief from stress – the clearest possible experience of unity in mind and body.
The Alexander Technique will help you to do whatever you do with greater ease, and as a result better, than is possible with all the habitual ingrained tensions that you are likely to have. That’s why the Alexander Technique is taught in all the best music colleges and drama schools of the world, and many top-level household name actors, musicians, sportspeople, and presenters regularly have lessons (Joan Bakewell, Gregg Chappell, Linford Christie, John Cleese, Sir Colin Davis, James Galway, William Hurt, Hugh Jackman, John McEnroe, Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Newman, Maggie Smith, Sting, Robin Williams, to name only a few). You may not be or aspire to be Yehudi Menuhin or John McEnroe, but Alexander Technique can help you with whatever performances you wish to improve or make easier– from a presentation at work to amateur music to running in your local park or cycling to work.
NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommends that Alexander Technique lessons may be offered to benefit people with Parkinson’s by ‘helping them to make lifestyle adjustments that affect both the physical nature of the condition and the person’s attitudes to having Parkinson’s disease’. This is a result of a study that showed that Alexander lessons led to a significantly increased ability to carry out everyday activities compared with usual medical care, a change that remained in place when participants in the study were followed up 6 months after it had ended.
The Alexander Technique is suitable for anyone and everyone: we all carry unnecessary tension, and we can all benefit from learning to move without it, with greater ease and in a more coordinated way. This holds true whatever your race, sex, sexuality, state of health, age, height or waistline. And it applies to anything that you devote your time to, at work or at play.