I never thought I could do that…”: Outcomes from an Alexander Technique pilot group for older people with a fear of falling

European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2018;17:79–85

Glover L, Kinsey D, Clappison DJ, Jomeen J

 

This small-scale pilot study investigated changes following, and acceptability of, Alexander group classes for older people with a fear of falling. Although results from the quantitative outcome measures did not show significant changes, focus group data suggested some quite profound changes for the individuals who took part. The reported improvements were in movement, mood and confidence. The findings suggest that participating in Alexander group classes can change older people’s awareness of themselves and their surroundings and allow them to feel more secure. This awareness combined with acceptance of their limitations led participants to feel empowered to make adjustments to their activity and review their priorities.

 

Read the abstract of the paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876382017302354

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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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