This treatment modality is thought to promote wellness and optimize overall health. The Alexander Technique should be used with, not in place of, standard cancer therapy.
What does the Alexander Technique involve?
Matthias Alexander, an Australian actor, developed the Alexander Technique in the late 1800s. The technique focuses on muscle control and body mechanics. The goal of the Alexander Technique is correct poor body mechanics that lead to poor posture, body strain and tension.
How is the Alexander Technique thought to promote wellness and optimize overall health?
The improvement of posture and body movement can relieve muscle strain, aches and pains resulting from bad body mechanics and has the potential to increase relaxation. The Alexander Technique is not a curative therapy but may be helpful in alleviating the anxiety many cancer patients experience. By relieving stress, the body’s immune system and, therefore, resistance to disease may be heightened.
What has been proven about the benefit of the Alexander Technique?
There is little scientific evidence proving the value of this therapy aside from the many positive testimonials of people who have used the technique.
What is the potential risk or harm of the Alexander Technique?
This technique is not harmful and may be considered safe for everyone.
How much does this therapy cost?
Costs will vary based on the number of sessions of instruction necessary and whether instruction occurs in an individual or group setting.
For additional information:
Alexander Technique International
1692 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: (888) 668-8996
Web site: www.ati-net.com
The Alexander Technique: How to Use Your Body Without Stress. Wilfred Barlow, M.D. Healing Arts Press, 1991.
Note: Information about therapies is intended to help you make informed choices, not to endorse any particular therapy. The information is courtesy of "Integrating Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Cancer Patients," a handbook written as an independent study project by Heather Morein. For more information, see the full text of the handbook (PDF), including all references and appendices.