The Beginning of Understanding: A New Scientific Model of the Alexander Technique

Editor’s note: This is a lay summary of the new paper, “Potential Mechanisms of the Alexander Technique: Toward a Comprehensive Neurophysiological Model.” See the original paper for a full listing of references. Many of the studies briefly discussed here are described in detail in other posts on this site, linked […]

Potential Mechanisms of the Alexander Technique: Toward a Comprehensive Neurophysiological Model

By Timothy W. Cacciatore, Patrick M. Johnson, and Rajal G. Cohen Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a new scientific model of the Alexander Technique published in the Kinesiology Review. A pdf of the full paper can be read here. Read a summary of the paper here. Abstract The […]

Study Summary: Lighten Up! Trying Hard to “Stand Up Straight” May Interfere with Balance

Does the way we attend to our posture affect our balance? Crucially, might some ways that physical therapists, fitness trainers, and movement teachers cue posture actually increase the risk of falls in their patients or students, especially older adults? These questions animate the latest study from Rajal Cohen’s team at […]

Study Summary: “Lighten Up” or “Pull Up”? Alexander Technique-type Instruction and Parkinson’s Disease.

This post summarizes research by Rajal Cohen, et al, “Lighten Up: Specific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease,” published in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair in 2015. It was originally published at Alexander &. Word came last week [Editor’s Note: February, 2015] about a new study published in […]

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