Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907-1988) won the Nobel Prize in physiology/medicine in 1973, and he devoted a portion of his acceptance speech to the Alexander Technique. This is the video of this section of his acceptance speech. I had heard about this for years and really enjoyed finally watching it, so thought I would post it here to share with you.
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In their March 7th article the London Evening Standard listed the Alexander Technique as an “iStrain Solution” for RSIs (repetitive strain injuries) that so many of us our encountering the more and more time we spend on our mobile devices and computers: iPad hand: the new RSIs
Here is the article as printed in the LES.
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On January 5th the New York Times Magazine published a provocative article called “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” by William J.Broad. Over my years of teaching many of my students (some of them Yoga teachers) have asked me what I think about Yoga, and I always respond with a common AT motto “It’s not what you do, but how you do it.” Indeed Yoga in certain environments and for certain people can be dangerous, but with appropriate knowledge and awareness of your body and of how it is designed to move, you can make intelligent and informed choices about which Yoga class is, or is not, right for you. The Alexander Technique is a wonderful complement to help students more safely study Yoga. I recommend this article by my colleague Joan Arnold for more information.
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This article by Alexander Technique teacher Marta Curbelo discusses how the Technique has helped her with her Multiple Sclerosis. There is also a link to her interview with Robert Rickover about her experiences. Article in The Jewish Life.
Interesting TED talk by a neuroscientist who studies movement and the brain.
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Click to read the Dec. 7th Huffington Post article featuring the Alexander Technique: “Mix and Match Several Alternative Therapies to Ease Back Pain”
In 2008 the British Medical Journal released this study that found the Alexander Technique to be effective in treating chronic and recurrent back-pain.
To see the full excerpt in the BMJ online: http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a884.full
2008 article in the The Sunday Times on Alexander Technique as a supplement for other therapies in the treatment of mental illness: