The Alexander Technique is a method of psychophysical reeducation that helps its students retrain the way they respond mentally and physically to the stimuli of life. Although not a direct cure for physical ailments, it has been shown, both anecdotally and scientifically to have long-reaching and significant effects. Unlike other modalities, such as massage or acupuncture, the feelings of wellbeing associated with the technique last longer and are, eventually, possible to create for oneself without the aid of a teacher.

Physical Benefits

  • Freer joints
  • Ease of movement
  • A feeling of lightness in the body
  • A stronger back
  • Greater stamina
  • Lighter breath
  • Improved quality of speaking

Mental Benefits

  • Greater overall sense of calm and wellbeing
  • Improved response to causes of stress
  • Greater focus and mental clarity
  • Improved performance in cognitive tasks
  • Greater sense of resilience and confidence

British Medical Journal Study

In 2008, the British Medical Journal published the results of a randomized controlled trial favorably comparing the effects of Alexander Technique lessons with exercise and massage for chronic and recurrent back pain.

 

The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic has recommended the Alexander Technique as a health-enhancing practice.