WHAT THE WORLD SAYS ABOUT A.T.
A major randomised study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 for chronic and recurrent pain (Little, P. [ATEAM]) found the Alexander Technique to give long-term beneficial effects including a significant reduction in the number of days of pain suffered, improved function and improved quality of life, as well as cost-effectiveness.
Recent research published in Annals of Internal Medicine (MacPherson, H, 2015) has shown Alexander Technique lessons and acupuncture sessions to both improve the symptoms of chronic neck pain after one year.
A 2012 study in association with the NHS and Bristol University (McClean, S. and Wye, L [SEAT]) found that chronic pain sufferers may benefit from learning the Alexander Technique in NHS outpatient pain clinics. More than half of the service users in the study stopped or reduced medication between the start of the lessons and three months, making cost savings to the NHS.
A study at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center showed that AT can improve surgeons' posture and proficiency during minimally invasive surgery.
Research published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Chloe Stallibrass, Christine Frank, Karen Wentworth, 2004) showed that Alexander Technique lessons led to an increased ability of people with Parkinson’s disease to carry out everyday activities.
"We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument."
Professor Nicholas Tinbergen,
Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology, talking about the Alexander Technique
Harvard University Health Blog, November 2015
Daily Mail, August 2015
Guardian, April 2015
TalkBack magazine, Issue 3, 2014
Dr Philip Bull, Hypermobility Sociecty Association Journal, Spring 2015
Bad Posture Makes You Sad and Afraid, Time Magazine, Sept 2014
The Times, April 2008
Financial Times, November 2008
The Economist, January 2011
Below are some short videos about how the Alexander Technique has been successfully incorporated in education and sport:
The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique offers more information on the technique, including research, background and benefits.
The London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training (LCATT) is one of the leading AT teacher training courses and is the place where I studied.
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique is a comprehensive source for information about the Alexander Technique worldwide.