What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a self-care method that helps people improve the way they carry out daily activities. Although the lesson experience itself is enjoyable, often leaving one feeling lighter, taller, and less stressed, lessons are viewed as a form of personal re-education rather than as a therapy.
To gain lasting benefit, people need to incorporate lesson content into their daily lives.
Why do people use the Alexander Technique?
Learning and applying the Alexander Technique can lead to improvements in balance, mobility, postural muscle tone, coordination, and general functioning; such changes may help reduce chronic or recurrent neck or back pain.
The Technique is also used to help people:
· Prevent injury, especially when playing sport
· Support pregnancy and childbirth
· Develop ease and elegance in movement
· Feel more confident when speaking in public
Benefits of the Alexander Technique
The ATEAM clinical trial showed an 86% reduction in back pain and a 42% increase in the number of everyday activities that could be carried out without being limited by back pain, one year after Alexander lessons began.
The NICE guidelines say: ‘Consider the Alexander Technique for people with Parkinson’s disease who are experiencing balance or motor function problems.’
I am a graduate of the Brighton Alexander Technique College. A member of STAT (The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique), I am also CNHC (The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) registered.
I teach individuals and groups, spending Thursday afternoons at The Open Door.
I aim to make Alexander Technique accessible – and fun!