The Alexander Technique and musicians: a systematic review of controlled trials

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The Alexander Technique and musicians: a systematic review of controlled trials

The results of the systematic review were published on 24 October 2014. The review was aimed to evaluate the evidence for the effectiveness of AT sessions on musicians'performance, anxiety, respiratory function and posture.

The review concluded the following:

A variety of outcome measures have been used to investigate the effectiveness of AT sessions in musicians. Evidence from RCTs and CTs suggests that AT sessions may improve performance anxiety in musicians. Effects on music performance, respiratory function and posture yet remain inconclusive. Future trials with well-established study designs are warranted to further and more reliably explore the potential of AT in the interest of musicians.

To read the entire paper go to: www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6882-14-414.pdf.

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As a sufferer of ankylosing spondilitis: a chronic rheumatic condition, the Alexander Technique helped me discover relationships between physical and psychological ways of “letting go” in order to control pain. In particular, exposure to the Technique has enabled me to break self-perpetuating circuits of pain associated with inflammatory conditions by focusing on inhibiting learned muscle tensing habits which feed on pain and each other.

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