New research suggests that the learning the Alexander Technique can help older people who worry about falling.
I never thought I could do that…: Findings from an Alexander Technique pilot group for older people with a fear of falling.
A new pilot study co-authored by Lesley Glover & Jane Clappison both MSTAT teachers, along with colleagues from the University of Hull, has been published. The research supports the fact that participating in Alexander Technique (AT) group classes can be helpful for older people with a fear of falling. The study is small but the findings from participant focus group discussions show that the AT can help this group to do things they did not think they could do. It also suggests that taking part in AT group classes empowered them to make different choices about what they do and dont do, and how they do it. Participants developed a new understanding of how they could move and they reported that they enjoyed learning the AT.
This study provides further information about the ways in which learning the AT helps individuals and is consistent with the recently published findings from the ATLAS trial that learning the AT helps with self-care and self-efficacy.
The paper is published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine and you can access it free via this link until 26th January 2018