Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson’s
The Alexander Technique offers people living with Parkinson’s self-management strategies that can help them gain more control of movement patterns, with potential improvements in balance, posture and walking. It can enable them to participate in everyday activities with greater confidence and minimal interference from symptoms.
The Walter Carrington Educational Trust at the Alexander Technique Imperial Wharf centre aims to further the work of F. M. Alexander and make it more available to people living with Parkinson’s. The Trust supported 4 teachers of the Alexander Technique to receive special training and get more experience in working with this population from autumn 2016. During spring 2017 four individuals who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease were offered the opportunity of having five free one-to-one Alexander lessons. In October 2017 a workshop for people with Parkinson’s – ‘Living with Parkinson’s – Exploring Possibilities with the Alexander Technique’ – and their care partners/helpers was sponsored by the Trust. This pilot project was successfully completed and more activities are being planned, please see the latest updates here.
More information on the teachers who pioneered this initiative together with the Trust can be found by clicking on the names below. All teachers involved are members of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and have undertaken special training in working with people living with Parkinson’s.
A compilation of information on the Alexander Technique for Parkinson’s may also be found on the website of the American independent nonprofit organisation The Poise Project. We are grateful to Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, for her generous support, advice and expertise.
Watch Canadian AT teacher Caprice Boisvert and Robert Davis explain how the Alexander Technique has helped Robert manage his Parkinson’s symptoms: