Developed by F. M. Alexander in the early 1900s, the Alexander Technique is a method of freeing the body from detrimental habits that often lead to discomfort, injury, and even illness. Although Alexander Technique is not a medical treatment, many find it can lead to relief from various physical ailments such as neck and back problems, tendonitis, vocal and breathing difficulties, repetitive stress injuries, and postural problems.
In particular, many musicians, dancers, actors and athletes find the Alexander Technique benefits their professional and creative development. Through regular lessons in her Toronto studio, Verna’s students have been able to improve co-ordination and balance, reduce injuries, and enhance overall performance skills.
The Alexander Technique also benefits those dealing with physical and mental stresses at home and at work. And some students of the technique, including Verna herself, come to the work simply in search of a better understanding and appreciation for the relationship between their body, mind, and spirit.
In August 2008 the British Medical Journal published the results of a scientific trial in which researchers concluded that one to one lessons in Alexander Technique have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain. Below is a video they published along with the results.