I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe. Soon after that my teacher said I had learnt enough to incorporate the technique into my everyday life and manage my situation myself.
To date, two studies have been conducted to evaluate the effects of Alexander lessons for people with chronic neck pain:
- The large randomised controlled trial called ATLAS (Alexander Technique Lessons and Acupuncture Sessions).
- A smaller study assessing the effect of Alexander lessons for people with chronic neck pain.