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Many people come for Alexander Technique lessons for help with specific problems such as poor posture, back or neck pain, breathing difficulties, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and Parkinson's (Alexander Technique is now officially recommended by NICE for people with Parkinson's).

The BMJ has published research evidence for the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique with back pain. There is similar evidence for its efficacy with neck pain.


Good co-ordination helps prevent injury. Actors, singers, musicians and dancers often learn the Alexander Technique, in music and drama colleges, for this purpose. They also use it to improve their performance. It has also been taught at the highest sporting levels not just to prevent injury but to aid rehabilitation. Anybody can learn it. Age is no barrier, nor is existing levels of fitness. All that is necessary is a desire to learn.

Well Being, Happiness and General Functioning

Alexander Technique is not a treatment; it is an educational process that focuses on improving our general functioning. General functioning centres on the efficacy of our breathing, freedom of movement and postural support. By working with our general functioning in this way, we feel better. At the same time, we can help with many of the conditions listed below.  

Psychological Benefits

The Alexander Technique's psychological benefits are less well known but are why some people continue with a life long practice. The benefits include being more able to remain calm in stressful situations and confidence in learning and changing behaviour. 

Case Study

Colin's story, which you can read here in his own words, illustrates the interplay between physical and psychological factors that can occur when things go wrong in our lives. It also helps demonstrate the power of the Alexander Technique in helping turn our lives around. Not everybody will have such a long involvement with a teacher; some people need very few lessons – Colin's inspiring story gives a flavour of what is possible when someone desires to learn.

The Alexander Technique has given me my life back says Colin


I have been a regular student of the Alexander Technique (AT) since August 2002. My background is in electronic engineering in which I served an apprenticeship before going on to gain an honours degree. My interests were wide and varied and included playing guitar and sound engineering, restoring classic cars and motorsport, as well as participating in various sports.

In 1994, I was involved in a car accident in which I suffered a brain trauma, which left me with a neurological condition, dystonia resulting in my neck muscles being in constant spasm. The resulting chronic severe pain saw me more or less abandoning all my interests in an attempt to cope with my condition.

My condition had left me with a very distorted frame which years of orthodox and complementary treatments hadn’t been able to help. I came to the AT as the result of a good friend’s recommendation, who was already studying the AT. Initially I was very sceptical of the AT, associating it with ‘good posture’. Fortunately, from my very first introductory lesson, Richard emphasised that the AT involved in ‘thinking in an activity’ and was a discipline to be learned and lived.

He told me that we are designed to move and not be static, to be free in our movement, however good or bad our posture may be, and that the AT could help the manner in which I was reacting not only to my predicament but to life’s vicissitudes in general.

Although this is a bold claim, I stand by my conviction that the AT has in large given me my life back. Over the years I have started re-engaging in some of my interests and I have changed my relationship to and the manner in which I engage in my interests, old and new alike. I have recently qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher and hope to teach and help others, in the not too distant future.

Although the AT has not cured my condition nor totally alleviated my pain, it has helped me realise that I still have choices in my life and that I still have a meaningful and fruitful life to live, if I choose. From my experience, the AT can help bring constructive change in the direction of your choosing and has helped me to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of my performance and the way I conduct myself in ever increasing areas of my life, helping me realise more of my potential: long may it continue!


Conditions where the Alexander Technique has proved useful

  • Back and neck pain
  • Stress
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Breathing disorders such as asthma
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Tension Headaches Migraines
  • TMJ
  • ME
  • Parkinson's
  • Prevention of backache during pregnancy
  • Recovery from major trauma such as strokes, accidents or operations

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