Links

 

Alexander Technique


 Websites            

https://alexandertechnique.co.uk  The website of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), the largest Professional Association of Alexander Technique Teachers worldwide, established in 1958, responsible for maintaining professional standards of its members and promoting the Alexander Technique.

https://alexandertechnique.com  The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique - global online resource for information about the Alexander Technique worldwide.


Books

Recommended Reading

'The Alexander Technique; A skill for Life' by Pedro de Alcantara


Research on the Alexander Technique

 

You can visit S.T.A.T.'s research page for further details of published research.

Randomised Controlled Trial of Alexander Technique Lessons, Exercise, and Massage (ATEAM) for Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain. Little P et al (2008). British Medical Journal

In this study, 579 subjects with chronic and recurrent back pain were randomized to receive massage, six Alexander Technique lessons, 24 Alexander Technique lessons, or no intervention. In addition, half of the subjects were encouraged to walk regularly. A year later, the group with no intervention had 21 days of pain per month. The group with massage had 14 days of pain per month. The group with six Alexander Technique lessons reported 11 days of pain per month, and the group with 24 Alexander Technique lessons reported three days of pain per month. There were no adverse effects.

Subjects from the ATEAM study were later interviewed about their experience with the Alexander Technique lessons and exercise. Whereas many obstacles to exercising were reported, few barriers to learning the Alexander Technique were described, since it ‘made sense’, could be practiced while carrying out everyday activities or relaxing, and the teachers provided personal advice and support.

The Annals of Internal Medicine reported that the Alexander Technique was effective in reducing neck pain, the benefits still apparent 12 months later.

In 2016 a scientific study provided validation for Alexander’s Primary Control principle

Reductions in co-contraction following neuromuscular re-education in people with knee osteoarthritis. Stephen J. Preece, et al (2016) BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

In this study, 21 subjects with knee pain associated with an x-ray diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis were each given 20 Alexander Technique (AT) lessons. After their lessons, the participants reported a 56% reduction in knee pain. 15 of the study participants regularly took pain killers  at the start of the study. 10 stopped taking medication after their Alexander lessons ended. 11 of the participants also reported experiencing less pain in other areas, including neck, shoulder and back.

When the subjects were followed up 15 months after the start of the study, they had retained the reductions in pain, reporting 51% less pain than before their Alexander lessons.

The impact of the Alexander Technique in Improving Posture During Minimally Invasive Surgery. Reddy P et al (2010). The American Urological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

This preliminary study found that surgeons who had Alexander Technique lessons improved their ability to perform laproscopic skills, including suturing and cutting.

 

Effects of Alexander Technique on Muscle Activation During a Computer-Mouse Task: Potential for Reduction in Repetitive Strain Injuries. Shafarman E, Geisler MW (2003). American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada.  

In this preliminary study of computer mouse use, subjects without Alexander Technique training could reduce muscle activation only by slowing down, whereas subjects with Alexander Technique experience were able to reduce muscle activation while continuing to move rapidly. Implications for prevention of repetitive strain injury are discussed. (The work was written up in Alexander Journal, 21.  Available from the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique)

Functional reach improvement in normal older women after Alexander Technique instruction. Dennis (1999). Journal of Gerontology - Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences, 54A(1): M8-M11.

Women aged 65-88 who received 8 Alexander Technique lessons showed a 36% improvement in forward-reaching distance (a common measure of balance control), while control subjects of the same age showed a 6% decrease over the same time-period.