Alexander Technique Hanwell Carmen Barral BA, M STAT
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Who practices it?

Individuals practice the Alexander Technique because of a desire for change. They may be seeking relief from pain, stress or injury. They may wish to enhance the quality of their performance and/or to improve the quality of their lives in general.

For over a 100 year prominent musicians, actors and athletes have used and publicly endorsed the Technique.  Among them are: Yehudi Menuhin, Jose Carreras, Paul McCartney, Sting, James Galway and the conductors Sir Colin Davis and Sir Adrian Boult, Jeremy Irons, Paul Newman, Robin Williams, Judi Dench and Linford Christie to name but a few.

Famous People's Testimonials

Some quotes from 'famous' people who have benefited from the Alexander technique:

"97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique - it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery."
Jack Stern, spinal neurosurgeon.

"I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life."
Alec McCowen CBE, actor.

"Alexander students rid themselves of bad postural habits and are helped to reach with their bodies and minds, an enviable degree of freedom of expression."
Michael Langham, Director, The Juilliard School, New York USA.

"Mr. Alexander has done a service to the subject of the study of reflex and voluntary movement] by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psychophysical man. To take a step is an affair, not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment, not least of the head and neck."
Sir Charles Sherrington, neurophysiologist.

"We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument."  
Professor Nicholas Tinbergen, Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology.

"Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements that we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education."
George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel Prize winner for literature.

"The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it."
Joan Bakewell, TV presenter and journalist.

"The Alexander Technique works... I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pain or back pain"
Roald Dahl, writer.


Latest research

"Lessons in the Alexander Technique have long-term benefits for chronic back pain" 
Clinical Research published by the British Medical Journal 19th Aug 2008, www.bmj.com

For more research papers on the AT visit: www.stat.org.uk