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An education for life: The process of learning the Alexander technique

Woods, Charlotte; Glover, Lesley; Woodman, Julia


Charlotte Woods

Lesley Glover

Julia Woodman


The Alexander technique is an educational self-development self-management method with therapeutic benefits. The primary focus of the technique is learning about the self, conceptualized as a mind-body unity. Skills in the technique are gained experientially, including through hands-on and spoken guidance from a certified Alexander teacher, often using everyday movement such as walking and standing. In this article the authors summarize key evidence for the effectiveness of learning the Alexander technique and describe how the method was developed. They attempt to convey a sense of the unique all-encompassing and fundamental nature of the technique by exploring the perspectives of those engaged in teaching and learning it and conclude by bringing together elements of this account with relevant strands of qualitative research to view this lived experience in a broader context.


Woods, C., Glover, L., & Woodman, J. (2020). An education for life: The process of learning the Alexander technique. Kinesiology Review, 9(3), 190-198.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 16, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 14, 2020
Publication Date 2020-08
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2020
Journal Kinesiology Review
Print ISSN 2163-0453
Electronic ISSN 2161-6035
Publisher Human Kinetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 3
Pages 190-198
Keywords Movement coordination; Self-management; Self-care; Whole self; Mind-body; Complementary healthcare
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