Evidence for the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique has been supported by research and from the results of its use in every setting where it has been considered thus far, and more research is ongoing.

Alexander Technique has been demonstrated in high quality clinical trials to be effective for the long-term relief of chronic back, neck pain, pain from knee osteoarthritis and good evidence exists for reducing Parkinson's-associated disability. Research shows that in addition to being effective for pain management and improving quality of life, Alexander Technique is economical, reducing pain-related costs to insurance by half. Other more preliminary research (summarized in that review) suggests that the Alexander Technique can lead to improvements in balance skills in the elderly, in general chronic pain, posture, respiratory function and stuttering. Another preliminary study shows the potential for Alexander Technique to reduce repetitive strain injuries. Basic research demonstrates that the Alexander Technique improves dynamic modulation of postural tone and allows for smoother and more continuous movement.

The Alexander Technique is also used by elite performers, celebrities and businesses around the world who recognize its powerful effects and unique approach.

The Alexander Technique is widely taught in conservatory and university programs worldwide especially for performers, including The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Great performers such as Julie Andrews, Annette Bening, John Cleese, William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Jackman, James Earl Jones, Heath Ledger, Patti Lupone, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Kelly McGillis, Paul Newman, Lupita Nyong'o, Lynn Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Hilary Swank, Sting, Maggie Smith, Mary Steenburgen, Robin Williams, Joanne Woodward, Sir Colin Davis (conductor), James Galway (musician) and Yehudi Menuhin (musician), members of the New York Philharmonic and more have found benefit by studying the Alexander Technique.

A review of Alexander Technique applied to organizational settings worldwide, including businesses like Unicible, Siemens AG and Victorinox, found very positive results, including a reduction in the number of working hours lost annually through illness, accidents and errors due to fatigue, and in funds spent for employment insurance. Companies also reported the improvement of musculoskeletal disorders, reduction of pain, improved stress management and improved team work, creativity, concentration and even public speaking for their employees. It has even been used for surgeons to improve their posture and surgical ergonomics, reducing their fatigue during operations.

Other famous students of the Alexander Technique include Nikolaas Tinbergen (Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine), Sir Charles Sherrington (Nobel Laureate in Medicine), George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Laureate in Literature), George Coghill (Biologist & Anatomist, member of the National Academy of Sciences), John Dewey (Educational Reformer, Philosopher and Psychologist), Aldous Huxley (Writer), Roald Dahl (Writer), and Robertson Davies (Writer).

Read and watch the experiences of experts, celebrities and elite performers yourself.

The Alexander Technique enables clients to get better faster and stay better longer. This is undoubtedly the best way to take care of the back and alleviate back pain.
— Jack Stern, MD, PhD, Board-Certified Spinal Neurosurgeon

Hugh Jackman talks about the usefulness of the Alexander Technique for actors.

The company considers the Alexander Technique to be a main prevention tool in the area of workplace health... Our experience is that if the employees learn, it works.
— Paul auf der Maur, Department Head, Victorinox

Fitness experts at Mayo Clinic describe the Alexander Technique and how it can improve your health by enhancing the mind-body balance as a gentle practice geared toward improving your movement, posture and quality of life.

The Alexander Technique can be sustaining; it is something that if learned well, can be carried along with you for the rest of your life. It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience.
— Patrick Maddams, Managing Director, Royal Academy of Music
The Technique’s many benefits for actors include minimized tension, centeredness, vocal relaxation, and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height.
— Kevin Kline, Actor

Summary of a high quality clinical research study published in the British Medical Journal which evaluated the effectiveness of training in the Alexander Technique for relief of back pain.

I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.
— John Cleese, Actor

Alexander Technique makes a huge difference in education.

In addition to its physiologic and musculoskeletal benefits, the Alexander Technique is extremely helpful in relieving the psychological states of depression and anxiety that so often accompany chronic pain and disease. It is my belief, based on professional experience, that the Alexander Technique should be a part of all preventative health and education programs. It is as good as basic nutrition.
— Jill Sanders, Osteopathic Physician

Angela Bradshaw's TEDx talk in which she describes the Alexander Technique as "the ultimate life skill."

Alexander students rid themselves of bad postural habits and are helped to reach with their bodies and minds an enviable degree of freedom of expression.
— Michael Langham, Director, Juilliard School