What is the Alexander Technique

(and is it right for me?)



Although F.M Alexander began his technique in the 1800s, it has taken science quite awhile to catch up with his simple yet magnificent understanding of how postural use greatly affects the human body. Presently, there is much research on applying the Alexander Technique to those suffering with Parkinson’s Disease, back pain, symptoms of old age, etc.

Please click on the link below to read some of the completed studies on the great affects of applying the Alexander Technique to those suffering with pain.

  1. Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain
  2. Reductions in co-contraction following neuromuscular re-education in people with knee osteoarthritis
  3. Effects of alexander technique training experience on gait behavior in older adults
  4. For further research please click here.
  5. alexandertechnique.com


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

Poor Postural Use

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, MD, Neurosurgeon

Alexander Technique and Ergonomics

Ergonomics sitting properly at the computer aThe Alexander Technique and the study of Ergonomics is a natural fit. The Alexander Technique can teach you how to use any seat, take any position, and in fact take any body posture with ease. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to use your office chair effectively? Place your keyboard and computer where it is of easy use to you?

To learn more about the Alexander Technique and Ergonomics, please click on the links below:

  1. The Impact of the Alexander Technique on Improving Posture and Surgical Ergonomics During Minimally Invasive Surgery: Pilot Study
  2. Ergonomics of the self
  3. Applying Ergonomic Principles in the Workplace: How the Alexander Technique can Help
  4. The Alexander Technique in the world of design: posture and the common chair
  5. The Alexander Technique in the world of design: posture and the common chair. Part II: Body-conscious design for chairs, interiors and beyond:

Alexander Technique and Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's and the Alexander Technique
After having the opportunity to work with those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, I can whole-heartedly recommend the Alexander Technique as a necessary tool to help those with PD manage symptoms and participate in their every day life again with more grace and ease of movement. Please click the links below to learn more about the Alexander Technique and the useful tool it has become to those suffering with PD.

“The only therapy recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (NICE) is the Alexander Technique to help day-to-day movement for people with Parkinson’s.’’ Parkinson’s UK Policy Statement

A randomized controlled trial found that 24 AT lessons reduced PD disability and depression (Stallibrass et al 2002), and benefits were retained at 6 months indicating positive potential for long-term retention. (Stallibrass et al 2005). Participants reported “subjective improvements in balance, posture and walking, as well as increased coping ability and reduced stress.

A study of an AT-based intervention reported improved postural alignment, reduced postural sway, improved torso mobility, and smoother movement during step initiation, likely indicating better movement efficiency (Cohen RG, 2015)

  1. Randomized controlled trial of the Alexander Technique for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.
  2. Retention of skills learnt in Alexander technique lessons: 28 people with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.

The trials, listed above, showed that sufferers receiving Alexander Technique lessons were more likely:

  • to find everyday actions easier ( at best times of day or at worst times of day) and that benefits could be sustained
  • to feel less downhearted
  • to feel more self-confident

The Alexander Technique was shown to:

Alexander Technique and Performance

performing and the alexander technique
F.M. Alexander, himself an actor who struggled with vocal problems, perfected a technique in which actors could better use their body and voice with grace and ease. This enhanced use of the self creates an actor who is more spontaneous, believable, and watchable. In fact, most performers using the technique appear more charismatic and I daresay, more attractive. It is no wonder that conservatories and graduate programs the world over employ the Alexander Technique teachers for their students. Professional performers of all sorts–actors, musicians, and even athletes have used the technique to improve their natural abilities for many years.

See below for some of the famous faces that you may recognize.

To read an excellent book about the Alexander Technique for Actors by Bill Connington: Physical Expression on Stage and Screen: Using the Alexander Technique to Create Unforgettable Performances

“I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”–John Cleese, actor

“The Alexander Technique works… I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.”–Roald Dahl, writer


Book a lesson with Lena Hart at Alexander Technique SF Bay Area to start feeling better and be in control of your pain.