We translate everything, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual into muscular tension.

F. M. Alexander

Links

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

For information about the oldest professional body of Alexander teachers
go to www.stat.org.uk

Books on Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique Bookshop (UK) in association with Amazon: www.alexandertechnique.com/bookshop

Good introductory books include:

  • Body, Breath and Being by Carolyn Nicholls
  • Body Learning by Michael Gelb
  • The Alexander Principle by John Gray

Recent study published by British Medical Journal

Significant long term benefit from Alexander Technique lessons for low back pain as been demonstrated by a major study published by the British Medical Journal on 20th August 2008 at www.bmj.com. Back pain is the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK and lower back pain affects 7in 10 people at some time in their lives. A study published online by the British Medical Journal, referring to a trial with over 500 patients, offers some hope. Professor Paul Little of Southampton’s faculty of medicine and his colleagues recruited 579 patients from 64 GP practices. They were either given normal care, massage, 6 lessons, or 24 lessons of Alexander technique (AT). Half the patients in each group were also given an exercise programme involving walking. Little said, “This is a good, large trial. It is good enough evidence for people to take it seriously. Of the approaches tested, lessons in the Alexander Technique provided the most benefit. The research reveals that following 24 AT lessons, the average number of activities limited by low back pain had fallen by 42% and the number of days in pain had decreased from 21 to 3 days per month one year after the trial started. Also a series of lessons followed by GP prescribed general exercise was about 70% as beneficial as 24 AT lessons alone.

click here to read the full study on the BMJ website

You can view articles on the study published by the British Medical Journal in the National Press:

Back Care – Charity for Healthier Backs www.backcare.org.uk

Information on my training

alexander-technique-college.com

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