Quintin Norris MSTAT LLAM
Teacher of the Alexander Technique
Hereford / Worcester / malvern
Tel : 01885 788276
Alexander Technique Sherford House, Bromyard, Herefordshire
News & research
SIR YEHUDI MENUHIN
DAME JUDI DENCH
The Power of Posture
An article about good posture might not be the first thing you would expect to find in The Economist! But the a recent edition highlights research which demonstrates the psychological benefits of posture. It concludes that the way we stand and hold ourselves can have a dramatic effect on how successful we are and how we feel about ourselves and others.
Read The Economist article here>>
This is something that we in the Alexander Community have known for a very long time. The 'stand up straight, shoulders back and chest out' stance illustrated by the Sergeant Major in the article isn't really the kind of 'good posture' that we would encourage however!
The Core Stability Myth
As we go into each New Year many of us resolve to 'get fit', but recent research gives us cause for concern about how we do so...
According to an article in The Times, the founding principles of Pilates and the mainstay of many gym regimes are flawed.
In recent years the central message we get at the gym is that the deeply embedded muscles in our trunk must be strong if we are to look good, stand up straight and have bodies that move freely and without pain. Few gym workouts are conducted without the instruction to “engage” the core by pulling in the belly button and sucking in the stomach!
But among exercise scientists there is growing dissent about whether this pursuit is worthwhile or even safe. Read The Times article here>>
In the Alexander world, this is a welcome challenge. We do not consider muscles to be things to be stretched and pressed and bullied into shape. They will support us perfectly well if given the right 'direction'! As you can find out in an Alexander lesson...
Victoria Beckham Fights Poor Posture with the Alexander Technique
She's been wearing towering stilettos her whole life -
Instead of ditching the heels in favour of a nice pair of flatties however, Victoria has turned to the Alexander Technique.
It seems years of bad postural habits have ‘caused her bones to be improperly aligned, with her muscles, joints and ligaments taking more stress than they should'.
The Alexander Technique appears to be doing the trick. A friend of Mrs Beckham said, ‘You can tell that something is working as the years of Victoria's shoulders being slumped are now over'.
"... feeling so much better..."
Many actors, singers, dancers and other performers practise the Technique in an attempt to improve movement, co-
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL PROVES EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
The British Medical Journal concludes that :
“One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”
Some famous faces who swear by the
DAME MAGGIE SMITH
SIR MICHAEL CAINE
You will find details of more studies and research on the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) website.
Celebrity photos courtesy of
Exciting research has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that proves that the Alexander Technique is an effective treatment for long-
The study was published in the BMJ in August 2008. Follow the links below for the full publication, newspaper articles and to watch a video made by the study team.
Link to the Science
Links to the Headlines
The Telegraph, 20 August 2008
Daily Mail, 20 August 2008
How does the Alexander Technique work? What are the authors findings about the clinical and cost effectiveness of the treatment? Watch the BMJ video to find out (12 min), which also contains some good footage about what the Technique is all about.
SIR PATRICK STEWART