Video Symposium: Current Scientific Research and Models for the Alexander Technique

This symposium addresses a need for specific, up-to-date, science-based models to help AT practitioners to better understand what we are learning and teaching physiologically. better communicate with scientists, medical professionals, and AT colleagues. broaden the base of respect and understanding for our profession. This symposium was presented as a live […]

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 […]

A History of Magnus in the Alexander Technique

Editor’s Note: “A History of Magnus in the Alexander Technique” was originally published in the AmSAT Journal, Vol 15, Summer 2019. pp. 29–35. pdf version The discovery by Rudolf Magnus of a “central control” for some postural mechanisms has been used by F.M. Alexander and others as scientific support or […]

The Science of Inhibition and End-gaining

Contents: Introduction AT Experiences of Inhibition and End-gaining The Science of Executive Function Working Memory Cognitive Flexibility Executive Inhibition Connecting Inhibition and End-gaining with the Science of Executive Function Experiments on Inhibition and End-gaining Dr. Rajal Cohen: End-gaining and Posture Dr. Ian Loram: Proactive Inhibition of Neck Muscle Activity  Dr. […]

Book Review: Postural Homeostasis—Papers and Letters on the Alexander Technique by Wilfred Barlow

Editors Note: Postural Homeostasis is a collection of Dr Wilfred Barlow’s writings on the Alexander Technique from 1944 to 1982. Barlow attempted some of the first studies of the Alexander Technique, and many of his papers were published in journals such as The British Medical Journal and The Lancet. Barlow is a figure […]

Study Summary: What We Do Before the Thing We’re Doing—Research on Anticipation, Inhibition, and Posture.

This post summarizes research by Jason Baer, Anita Vasavada, and Rajal Cohen, “Neck posture is influenced by anticipation of stepping,” published in Human Movement Science in 2019. It was originally published at Alexander &. A common reason people study the Alexander Technique is to improve their posture. Many students are […]

Describing Alexander Technique Phenomena Objectively: Separating Observation & Explanation, Avoiding Jargon & Spin

How do Alexander teachers talk about the Alexander Technique? In this essay, Patrick Johnson writes about his experience teaching science workshops to Alexander teachers with Tim Cacciatore and how common ways of talking about the Alexander Technique can reinforce out-of-date scientific ideas and faulty reasoning. By learning to clearly separate […]

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