This video was commissioned by the FM Alexander Trust from Sci Ani (Science Animated) to explain the scientific paper by Cacciatore, Johnson, and Cohen. The animation illustrates the paper’s central proposition, that changes to postural tone and body schema underlie many of the reported benefits of the Alexander Technique. It […]
A Scientific Investigation into Violin and Viola Playing
Guest author Dr. Alison Loram describes her Master’s Thesis research about the effect of Alexander Technique inspired interventions on patterns of movement and tension.
This post offers links to a translation of the recent kinesiology review article on the mechanisms of Alexander technique.
The Beginning of Understanding: A New Scientific Model of the Alexander Technique
Japanese translation Editor’s note: This is a lay summary of the new paper, “Potential Mechanisms of the Alexander Technique: Toward a Comprehensive Neurophysiological Model.” See the original paper for a full listing of references. Many of the studies briefly discussed here are described in detail in other posts on this […]
Potential Mechanisms of the Alexander Technique: Toward a Comprehensive Neurophysiological Model
By Timothy W. Cacciatore, Patrick M. Johnson, and Rajal G. Cohen Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a new scientific model of the Alexander Technique published in the Kinesiology Review. A pdf of the full paper can be read here. Read a summary of the paper here. Read the […]
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 […]