I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe. Soon after that my teacher said I had learnt enough to incorporate the technique into my everyday life and manage my situation myself.
Four studies have been published on the effect of Alexander Technique teaching on balance in older people. Two of these studies used group teaching rather than the usual one-to-one lessons.
1. Feasibility of group delivery of the Alexander Technique on balance in the community-dwelling elderly: preliminary findings