Associate Professor University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho
Alexander technique (AT) is a cognitive embodiment approach to increase client agency. Adapted Alexander-based programs teach clients how to choose functional patterns that result in more efficient use of postural muscles and improve overall postural tone during everyday activities. AT training increases client inhibitory control and their ability to transform stressful reactions into responses that create conditions for more positive rehabilitation outcomes and the likelihood of long-term retention of benefits. We will discuss how AT interventions are designed and implemented; the importance of improved proprioception and body schema for better client outcomes; the potential role of AT specialists in interdisciplinary care; the training needed to become an AT specialist; how AT can integrate into clinical rehab settings; and an overview of research on the clinical impact of AT interventions on target populations. We will also discuss current understanding of the mechanisms underlying AT.
Course includes a final hour and a half of experiential learning and Q&A.
Describe the background and principles of Alexander technique
Have a clear overview of the research on the clinical impact and mechanism of action of AT principles
Demonstrate AT principles in action
Understand the usefulness of patient training in AT principles to develop self-management skills that complement rehabilitative care
Discuss how AT could be integrated into clinical rehabilitation settings and how AT specialists could be part of interdisciplinary care teams