The Alexander Technique helped me release tension which I was previously unaware that I had, in particular when standing at the tee. In the past my mind would have been elsewhere and my thoughts made me more tense. Applying the Technique I discovered relaxing the jaw, feeling my socks in my shoes, sensing the ground beneath my feet and just being there really helped. My drive distance improved and I cut 5 shots in one game. I now play much more relaxed by applying these principles and am more aware of the moment and less focused on the outcome (what Alexander Technique teachers call end-gaining) and my drive distances have improved through being more relaxed and having greater freedom of movement.
Alexander Technique for people with Parkinson's
Parkinson's makes everyday activities more difficult. The Alexander Technique teaches you how to employ thinking processes that allow the release of excessive muscular tension, consequently improving your balance and coordination of movement.
A randomised control study has shown that Alexander Technique lessons provide significant and sustained benefits for people with Parkinson's.
The benefits reported by study participants included:
- they felt more positive/hopeful as a result of the lessons
- felt less stressed/panic
- improved self confidence
- improved balance/posture
- improved walking
- improved speech
- reduced tremor
The sustained benefits are mainly due to learning to apply Alexander skills in daily life.