Old Method To Alleviate Back Pain Enjoying Surge In Popularity

I’ve only met one group of people who have bad things to say about the Alexander Technique — some chiropractors. And they’re reacting to the bad things many Alexander teachers say about them.

Other than that, everybody I’ve met who knows about the Technique and has experienced it regards it with great respect.

It’s cool to teach something that is prestigious.

Alexander Technique attracts the right crowd — people who are interested in looking at their habits and are open to letting go of those reactions that do not serve them.

MIAMI, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A little known European holistic technique that relieves back pain, dating back to the 1890s, is gaining popularity in the United States, fitness experts say.

…Although not well known among the public or fitness experts, the technique became wildly popular among actors for bringing poise and ease of movement to a performance, including Hollywood actors like the late Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Hilary Swank, Robin Williams and singer Paul McCartney, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Since a 2008 study of the technique published in the British Medical Journal, the Alexander method has gained new credibility. The researchers found 24 lessons over a year’s time had significant, long-term effects on flexibility and coordination, and reduced the number of days patients felt back pain by up to 86 percent.