The Alexander Technique is a system of kinaesthetic learning which offers a radical approach to long-term muscle pain, harmful posture and under-performance. The basis of the work is a set of skills learned in one-to-one weekly sessions. These embody the concept of “primary control” uncovered by F.M. Alexander over a century ago, as well as the potential for an “endless process of growth” described by Professor John Dewey. They are taught by gentle micro-manipulation and instruction, and address the root cause of such problems.
Anna Cooper has received referrals from rheumatologists and neuro-surgeons for difficult cases.
In 2008 the British Medical Journal stated that for lower back pain the Technique was cost-effective and also showed benefits 12 months after treatment; it was recommended for NHS funding.
In 2015 the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that the Alexander Technique was effective in reducing neck pain, including 12 months later.
In 2016 a scientific study provided validation for Alexander’s Primary Control principle.
Anna Cooper is a member of the of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.