The effect of Alexander technique training program: A qualitative study of ordinary behavior application

Soo-Yeon Kim1, Soon Gi Baek2, *

1Kohwang Medical Research Institute, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

2Department of Sports Health Medicine, College of Health Science, Jungwon University, Goesan-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea

*Corresponding author: Soon Gi Baek, Department of Leisure Sports, College of Health Science, Jungwon University, 85 Munmu-ro, Goesan-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do 367-700, Korea, Tel: +82-43-830-8840, Fax: +82-43-830-8679, E-mail: [email protected]

Received 30 November 2014 - Accepted 17 December 2014

Copyright © 2014 Korean Society of Exercise Rehabilitation

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ABSTRACT

 
The purpose of this study was to configure and apply the Alexander technique training program and assess the effect of program through physical, emotional and behavioral aspects. To achieve the research aims, qualitative research method had been conducted, subjecting 8 people, who were participating in Alexander Technique training program for this study. The study used focus group interview method for collecting date and employed for the interview method by mixing the semi-structured and unstructured questionnaire. The results were followings. First, one could develop body awareness and body consciousness through experiencing lived bodily sensation. Second, from Alexander Technique training program, people experienced psycho & physical’s equilibrium. Third, one could change not only the manner of use of body but also the attitude to the life from conscious attention to daily ordinary movement. The results provided empirical evidence of Alexander Technique training program’s functions in terms of physical, emotional and behavioral aspect through the process of consciousness control from lived body education.

 

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I have been taking lessons for a few years now. Right from the first lesson my chronic back pain improved and I was moving more smoothly. After a lesson I always feel lighter, more positive and more confident. The Alexander Technique has helped me to realise that I have a choice about how I use my body. This awareness has spread to other areas of my life and I now feel more in control of myself and my life.

Susan White

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