For more than 100 years performing artists and
people in need of pain relief have used the Alexander Technique
to improve their breathing, posture and movement.
The British Medical Journal published a research study in August 2008 concluding "One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain....Exercise and lessons in the Alexander technique, but not massage, remained effective at one year." There is a very informative video about how the Alexander Technique works on the research study page. (Link to Study)
The Technique is taught worldwide at universities
and conservatories, such as Juillard, the New England Conservatory
of Music, Yale School of Drama, UCLA, The Royal Academy of Dramatic
Art and The Royal College of Music.
It is used by the medical profession
as an adjunctive tool for long-term care of the back and alleviation
of pain through re-education of the body’s neuro-musculature.
Leaders in the field of mind/body medicine and behavioral
science throughout the century have supported Alexander's innovative
research. Clinical studies show that the Technique improves breathing
capacity, alignment and coordination. It modifies stress responses
and is, for those who suffer from chronic pain, the preferred
method for long-term relief.("See Links")