Exploring the psychological processes underlying touch: lessons from the Alexander Technique

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy 2014;21:140–53

Jones T, Glover L

This study used in-depth interviews, as well as a survey with a larger group of people, to explore the experiences of people who had attended Alexander lessons, with a focus on the impact and significance of touch. The study reaffirmed improved wellbeing following lessons.

Read the abstract here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cpp.1824/abstract;jsessionid=438733E9B7506B046BFC7E5C5844D5DF.f04t01

Health and well-being

At about the age of 45, I began to experience severe pain in both of my knees. I was told I had damaged the cartilage, initially caused by the use of a kicking strap on a sailing dinghy, and made worse by many years of beagling, and to stop beagling or risk ending up in a wheelchair. A few years later a friend suggested the Alexander Technique. At first I was very sceptical, but had also reached the stage where I was ready to try virtually any means to solve the problem. A few weeks after my first lesson, I had gone out beagling, but only walking.

Chris Walsh

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