"Life changing: freedom, of movement, freedom from pain, improved alertness, the ability to learn again, improve confidence, better health, improved breathing, inner calmness, to mention but a few changes."
(The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique pupil survey.)
There have been several clinical trials published during the last few years into the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique in treating back pain and neck and shoulder pain and the long term relief which it gives, as well as its benefits for several other conditions.
You can find out more by visiting the STAT website
The Alexander Technique teaches the skillful “use of the self” - how we move, how we stay still, how we breathe, how we learn, how we organise our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, how we choose our reactions in increasingly demanding situations.
The Technique is not a therapy: there are no exercises, and no special clothing or equipment is needed. The teacher works with each student to help them to shed the mental and physical habits that have built up since childhood, restricting mobility and alertness. As babies and toddlers, we were alert, responsive and mobile, and the Alexander Technique seeks to bring us back to that 'good use' of ourselves that is an untapped potential for wellbeing in all of us.
Students of the Technique report a wide range of benefits: you get stronger, you become both more relaxed and more alert, aches and pains fade, you feel calm, confident and self-reliant, you have more stamina, you think more clearly, you recover from injury more quickly, you cope with stress better and your performance improves.