People who are living with Parkinson’s Disease can derive great benefit from learning the Alexander Technique. Many case histories and personal reports as well as research suggests that the Alexander Technique can provide benefits for people living with PD such as:
- they felt more positive/hopeful as a result of the lessons
- felt less stressed/panic
- improved self confidence
- improved balance/posture
- improved walking
- improved speech
- reduced tremor
The Alexander Technique is not a treatment, but offers strategies which can help Parkinson’s patients to manage themselves better in their daily lives and gain more control over movement patterns. As the Alexander Technique is something you learn and apply in your daily life there is a high potential for longtime retention of the benefits. Alexander Technique can be a valuable contribution to the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s.
From 2016 to 2018 Regina was involved in devising and setting up a project in London to make the Alexander Technique more available to people with Parkinson’s and their carers. In an article for the latest issue of STATNews, the newsletter of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) she reports about the development and activities of this project.
More on the “AT for Parkinson’s” project on the website of the Walter Carrington Educational Trust.
Research studies (please scroll to “Diseases” for research specifically on Alexander Technique and Parkinson’s).