Alexander For Health and Posture
Alexander Technique lessons teach you to how to encourage natural responses that underlie healthy posture, awareness, and ease in movement. They help you understand and change limiting patterns of excess physical and mental tension, so you can be more balanced, efficient, easeful, and poised in your life.
With an extensive background that includes both Alexander Technique (Canadian certified teacher, CANSTAT) and healthcare (Master of Occupational Therapy, M.OT, UBC), Mark has helped people with a large range of health and posture related issues that include persistent back and neck pain, long-standing chronic pain issues, a range of musculo-skeletal related conditions, neurological conditions that include Parkinson’s disease, and much more. Mark also regularly teaches people who simply want to improve their posture so they look, feel, and move better in everything they do.
Students regularly report the following benefits:
Reduced excess tension and a greater sense of ease in your body
Reduced anxiety, stress, and tension related headaches
Improved forwards head posture, improved poise
Improvements in chronic or persistent pain, neurological, and musckuloskeletal issues
Improved function and movement in activities of everyday life (can work longer with more energy)
Refined awareness in balance and movement
More on the Alexander Technique for Health
The Alexander Technique is a part of several well known healthcare programs including The Mayo Clinic; The Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York; and The Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Arts NYC.
Recent research on the effects of Alexander Technique lessons include a 2015 study in the Annal of Internal Medicine that found Alexander Technique lessons can lead to reductions in neck pain and associated disability.
A 2008 study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that “…one to one lessons in the Alexander Technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”
Learn More: Article (3min) - Harvard University Health: 'Unwind' with the Alexander Technique.
Learn More: Article (2min) - Oprah endorses the Alexander Technique for back pain.
Research on The Alexander Technique:
Medical and Health‐Related Conditions Systematic Review - Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review. International journal of clinical practice (2012).
Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain Randomized controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. British Medical Journal (2008).
Parkinson's Lighten UpSpecific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease (Small study looking into the mechanism involved in Alexander Technique lesson. Journal of Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair (NNR) (2015).
MORE RESEARCH can be found here: A research directory on the UK Alexander Technique governing body’s website.