The Benefits of Alexander Technique
Why take lessons in Alexander Technique?
Throughout our lives we accumulate muscular tension from mental as well as physical causes.
This tension eventually leads to a variety of problems.
For example, if you always cross your right leg over your left, your muscles have to work harder on one side to help you balance in that position. Over time they gradually change. Your habit has made your body different on one side and thus less efficient.
Lessons are a mix of talking and gentle touch, during which you learn to change your responses to stress. You'll begin to recognise unhelpful habits, see how you may have contributed to your aches and pains, and return to a more natural state of balance.
People use Alexander Technique to:
- prevent injury, especially when playing sport
- improve balance, stability, and coordination
- support pregnancy and childbirth
- develop ease and elegance in movement
- feel more confident when speaking in public
The ATEAM medical trial
ATEAM was a randomised controlled trial of Alexander Technique lessons, exercise, and massage for chronic and recurrent back pain.
It was concluded that:
The ATLAS neck pain trial
A further publication from this trial concludes that Alexander lessons lead to long-term improvements in the way people live their daily lives and manage their pain.