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Used worldwide for more than 125 years, the Alexander Technique is an educational method that teaches you to move with more ease, coordination, and somatosensory awareness. AT also improves mood by reducing stress and anxiety. AT lessons coupled with cognitive strategies taught in lessons makes it easier to inhibit unwanted behaviors and change habits.
According to a large scale survey conducted by Eldred et al. in 2015, approximately 400,000 Alexander Technique lessons are taught each year in the UK with students primarily coming for relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain (low back pain, neck pain, joint pain, etc.), improved posture, skilled performance, and/or general well-being. Some healthcare providers including the National Health Service (UK) and the Mayo Clinic and offer Alexander Technique lessons.
AT teaches self care, how to change harmful postural habits; eliminating chronic stiffness, tension and stress thereby enabling improved mobility, performance and alertness. Common uses of the Alexander Technique include:
- Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
- Improved Breathing and Vocal Tone
- Enhanced Dynamic Control of Muscular Tone in Activity
- Improved Coordination & Increased Range of Motion
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety
- Improved Somatosensory Awareness
The Alexander Technique is an integral part of the curricula at many drama and music schools, including the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Royal College of Music. A systematic review (Klein et al. 2014) concluded that AT lessons may improve performance anxiety in musicians. A number of studies have shown AT improves performance anxiety and quality outcomes (Davies 2020, Nielsen 1994, Valentine et al. 1995). See the Research page for more on AT clinical trials.
With lessons and practice of the Alexander Technique:
- You’ll develop awareness of tension that might be affecting your postural tone and coordination.
- You’ll learn strategies to change habit patterns, reducing risk of repetitive strain injury.
- You’ll go about your daily activities with increasingly greater ease and awareness.
The FAQ (frequently asked questions) section provides some brief details about the AT and what a typical lesson is like.
Check out the blog articles for more about the philosophies and practical applications of the work.