Whilst 6 sessions in the Alexander Technique proved to be of significant benefit (especially when combined with exercise), 24 sessions proved to be most beneficial in a major study into the effect of Alexander Technique sessions for chronic and recurrent back pain sufferers published by the British Medical Journal on 20th August 2008*
*BMJ Randomised controlled trial of Alexander Technique lessons, exercise, and massage for chronic and recurrent back pain
Interestingly, long before this study was published the general advice given by Alexander technique teachers was that whilst the time required to learn naturally varies from person to person, enough knowledge and experience should be acquired in 20 – 30 sessions to make continuous self development possible. The Alexander Technique could be described as the ‘art of using yourself well’ and like learning any art, language, musical instrument or sporting ability, the skills are not acquired deeply overnight. Hence, a course of 24 sessions would suit you if, for example, you have particular health issues for which you know that the technique will be of great assistance or you are a professional or amateur actor, musician or sportsman who wants to continually refine your skills. Financially, one or more courses of 24 sessions (for the price of 18) as a part of life long continuous learning is the best value option per session.
“My thanks go to Claire Rennie, the practitioner in this technique – without her encouragement and gentle care I would still be as I was some months ago.”