As a sufferer of ankylosing spondilitis: a chronic rheumatic condition, the Alexander Technique helped me discover relationships between physical and psychological ways of “letting go” in order to control pain. In particular, exposure to the Technique has enabled me to break self-perpetuating circuits of pain associated with inflammatory conditions by focusing on inhibiting learned muscle tensing habits which feed on pain and each other.
Lessons in the Alexander Technique are likely to lead to sustained benefit for people with Parkinson's disease.
The existing research papers are:
A further study suggests some benefits may be gained even through verbal instructions based on Alexander Technique principles (i.e. in the absence of one-to-one lessons):