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 […]
This essay by Tim Cacciatore discusses his 2014 study, “Neuromechanical Interference of Posture on Movement: Evidence from Alexander Technique Teachers Rising from a Chair,” published in the Journal of Neurophysiology. The study documents the striking difference between healthy, untrained subjects and Alexander teachers in standing up unusually slowly and smoothly […]
How do you measure postural tone? In this essay, Tim Cacciatore and Korina Biggs describe Cacciatore et al’s 2011 study, “Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training,” published in Human Movement Science. The researchers use a novel device, dubbed “Twister,” to detect marked differences in background postural […]
Chair work and the movement from sit-to-stand is one of the most common procedures used in Alexander Technique lessons. In this essay, Tim Cacciatore discusses the general research literature on sit-to-stand, assesses earlier studies of AT and sit-to-stand by Frank Pierce Jones (1959) and Chris Stevens (1989), and summarizes his […]
This post contains a glossary of some of the relevant scientific terminology for Alexander Technique and science with links to relevant articles and websites.