I was looking for some way to help manage my lower back problems without relying on pain relief medication. I have found my one-to-one AT sessions extremely helpful and have learnt to identify and avoid postures and actions that contribute to back pain. I now know how to relax and properly rest my back and neck. In my experience, AT is a whole body technique which can help one to be more self-aware and to understand how to move with less tension and consequently, with less effort. Hurray for AT!
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.