A study with patients with Parkinson’s Disease compared the results of practicing instructions given to “lighten up” based on the Alexander Technique to those of “relaxing” and those of “activate core muscles to pull yourself up.” Putting the principles of the Alexander Technique into practice resulted in the greatest decrease in rigidity in hips, torso and neck (axial rigidity), less compression of the spine, greater postural control, and greater smoothness and ease in initiating movement. A 2002 study had previously shown that the Alexander Technique increased Parkinson’s Disease patients’ ability to carry out everyday activities, balance, coordinate, walk and cope with stress.

One of the conclusions of the study is that how we think about posture can actually make a significant difference in quality of posture and movement. This is good news for all of us.