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“It’s not a trivial undertaking to change the underlying patterns of use.”

David Moore
Director, School for F.M. Alexander Studies
Fitzroy North, Australia

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Emily McPherson College Library, Russell St., circa 1960s
back pain research

In 2008, the results of a randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain was published in the British Medical Journal.

The conclusion . . .

“One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”

How does the Alexander Technique work? What were the authors’ findings of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the treatment? Watch these videos to find out.

Reference Sites

Below is a list of links for those who wish to read more about the Alexander Technique – what it is, how it works, and its benefits. 

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique is one of the most comprehensive sources for information about the Alexander Technique on the web.

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) was founded in the UK in 1958 by teachers trained by F.M. Alexander. There is an extensive list of published research on many topics showing the benefits of the Alexander Technique including back pain, balance, musical performance, movement coordination, Parkinson’s Disease, osteoarthritis and more.

Alexander Technique Science is developed by Tim Cacciatore, Rajal Cohen, Patrick Johnson, and Andrew McCann who together have many decades of both scientific research experience and Alexander Technique teaching experience. The site is devoted to improving scientific understanding of the Alexander Technique (AT) – its principles, practices, reported and demonstrated benefits, and terminology.

The School for F.M. Alexander Studies commenced in 1998 and is the home of the AUSTAT accredited Alexander teacher training course located here in Melbourne, Australia and the Smart Yoga teacher training course. The Director of the school, David Moore, graduated from Australia’s first Alexander Technique training course in Sydney in 1985. Prior to studying the Alexander technique, he spent many years of yoga practice including over seven years in India and Thailand, over two years in Thai meditation monasteries, and two years in Madras studying at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandaram. Jenny Thirtle, the Assistant Director of the school, has a professional background as a clarinetist and opera singer, and has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1996 This website has a blog full of articles about the application of the technique on diverse topics including Parkinson’s Disease, the use of orthotics, horse riding, relaxation, and the problem with sitting.

The Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT) Inc. is the peak body for teachers of Alexander Technique in Australia. AUSTAT regulates education and training in Alexander Technique nationally and coordinates the professional development program for its members.

Photo taken in January 2019
of the permanent papier-mâché statue of Alexander working with a student
housed at the Wonders of Waratah in Wynyard, Tasmania.

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