Quotations from Notable Students of the Alexander Technique

“Lessons in the Alexander Technique taught me how to sit in a state of lumbosacral poise, and my chronic low back pain gradually became cured.  The Technique is true education.  Compared to surgery, (e.g. for low back pain), a course of instruction is inexpensive.” – John H.M. Austin, MD, Professor of Radiology, Columbia Presbyterian Center, New York, NY

“Alexander’s work is of first class importance and investigation by the medical profession is imperative.”  British Medical Journal

“The technique’s many benefits for actors include minimized tension, centeredness, vocal relaxation, and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height.” – Kevin Kline, Actor

“Between the three of us (Tinbergen, wife, daughter) we already notice with growing amusement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and also in such a refined skill as playing a stringed instrument.” – Nobel Prize Laureate Nikolas Tinbergen discussing the Alexander Technique in his Nobel Prize Acceptance speech

“The Alexander Technique keeps the body alive, at ages when many people have resigned themselves to irreversible decline.” – Robertson Davies, Author

“Mr. Alexander has done a service to the subject by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psycho-physical man. To take a step is an affair not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment – not the least of the head and neck.” – Sir Charles Sherrngton, Nobel Prize winner in medicine

“I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.” – John Cleese, comedian and actor

“The Alexander Technique gives us all things we have been looking for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment, and constant improvement in physical and mental health. We cannot ask for more from any system; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.” – Aldous Huxley, author

“The Alexander Technique helped a long-standing back problem and to get a good night’s sleep after many years of tossing and turning.” – Paul Newman, actor

I submit that Alexander demonstrated a principle of supreme importance for a holistic world-view. He made a breakthrough which is nothing less than an evolutionary step forward, when a single human being learned to take constructive, conscious control of the direction of his own use of himself. – Sir George Trevelyan, the “grandfather” of the movement for spiritual regeneration in Britain

“I was dubious about the effects of the Alexander Technique when I first went in to experience it, but I found out almost immediately that the benefits were total – both physically and mentally – and, happily, have also been long-lasting.” – Joanne Woodward, actress

“Every man, woman and child holds the possibility of physical perfection; it rests with each of us to attain it by personal understanding and effort.” – F. Matthias Alexander, developer of the Alexander Technique

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