Does the Alexander Technique work?
The Alexander Technique has been under the scientific microscope in what are known as ‘randomised clinical trials’, which are the gold standard type of trial under which methods are properly scrutinised. You can read below about those trials in more detail.
In a nutshell, the AT can:
- Help you overcome back, neck and joint pain and alleviate muscle tension and stiffness;
- Help alleviate symptoms caused by excess anxiety and stress;
- Avoid aches and pains in leisure and work-related activities;
- Help you stand and walk taller without ‘holding’ yourself up;
- Make everyday activities easy and pleasurable;
- Help expectant mums adapt to their changing body shape;
- Improve confidence & communication skills/public speaking;
- Enhance performance in the arts: acting, playing, singing;
- Improve sporting activities.
A randomised clinical trial published in the British Medical Journal shows Alexander Technique lessons are effective and provide long term benefit. This trial is one of the few major studies to show significant long-term benefits for patients with chronic non-specific low-back pain….read more
The ATLAS was a large, well-designed, well-conducted, randomised, controlled trial involving 517 people with chronic neck pain.
Conclusions: Offering people with chronic neck pain, 20 one-to-one lessons (600 minutes total) in the Alexander Technique can lead to long-term improvement in their pain and associated disability….read more
To try and separate or treat the mind and body is impossible. One affects the other and vice versa. I work with people who often start lessons for ‘physical’ problems such as a bad back. What they are often surprised to find out is they start to feel calmer and find it easier to deal with the problems everyday life throws at all of us….read more