The Alexander Technique makes me feel more comfortable, poised and peaceful. I started lessons years ago and have kept them up because I love the body awareness they teach. The Technique helps me to let go of tension and feel better, not just during lessons, but always.
Alexander Technique for people with Parkinson's
Parkinson's makes everyday activities more difficult. The Alexander Technique teaches you how to employ thinking processes that allow the release of excessive muscular tension, consequently improving your balance and coordination of movement.
A randomised control study has shown that Alexander Technique lessons provide significant and sustained benefits for people with Parkinson's.
The benefits reported by study participants included:
- they felt more positive/hopeful as a result of the lessons
- felt less stressed/panic
- improved self confidence
- improved balance/posture
- improved walking
- improved speech
- reduced tremor
The sustained benefits are mainly due to learning to apply Alexander skills in daily life.