How is the Technique different from yoga, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatment?

When students use the Alexander Technique, they learn to carry out the everyday activities of life in a way that is healthier for their body as a whole. What's more, consistent use of the Technique leads to finer attunement to the way they use their bodies, so they can make progress even without an Alexander teacher.

I possess only cursory knowledge of the other modalities; here are my impressions of them:
  • Yoga is wonderful for increasing flexibility, fitness, and mental focus, but doesn't aim to build skills directly transferable to everyday life.
  • Physical therapy lacks attention to the body as a whole, an approach that oftentimes fails to address the true source of the pain or other recurring problem
  • Chiropractic treatment allows its patients to be passive recipients of care, and thus does not empower them to take charge of their own health.


How come I've never heard of the Alexander Technique before?

The Alexander Technique has been around for over a century, but it's a very small field: there are only about a thousand certified Alexander teachers and two dozen certified training courses in the U.S. This is due in no small part to the length and the rigor of the training process: 1,600 hours of mostly hands-on learning over a minimum of three years.

In recent years, growing interest in wellness and in disease prevention has led to greater recognition of the Technique. For example, world-renowned alternative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil describes the Technique on his website, while the April 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine includes an article about the Technique entitled "A Dramatic Cure for Back Pain."


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