Who is the Alexander Technique For?
“It’s for everybody.” says Judith Stern, PT, an Alexander Technique teacher for over 25 years.
As she points out at the start of the short video below, “There isn’t anybody who won’t say to you in conversation: “My goodness, my neck is killing me.” or “My back is so sore.” or ” I find it hard to catch my breath.” or “At the end of the day I’m exhausted and I don’t know why.”
As it happens Judith works a lot with people suffering from back pain and there is now solid medical evidence that the Alexander Technique is extremely effective in alleviating this particular condition.
And there is also a growing body of evidence that the Technique can help with all sorts of medical issues.
Here’s a short video that summarizes much of that evidence:
Actors, musicians and dancers have known about the usefulness of the Alexander Technique for many years. America’s most famous philosopher felt it should be the cornerstone of education. People from just about every field imaginable have extolled it’s virtues.
As the Indian Alexander Technique teacher Padmini Menon says in her blog The alphabet of use:
“…it’s useful to think about (the Alexander Technique) as a kind of alphabet that you learn.
An alphabet of use, that you can then employ in as simple, or as complex a way as you like.
I could go on and on. The point is that if you have an opportunity to take a class, or have a few lessons, it’s an opportunity you really don’t want to pass up.
It is no exaggeration to say that the benefits of even a little exposure to this work can last a lifetime.
I would love to hear about your personal experience with the Alexander Technique.