|Title||Retention of skills learnt in Alexander technique lessons: 28 people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease|
|Authors||Stallibrass, C., Frank, C. and Wentworth, K.|
The Alexander technique is a preventive, re-educative, self-help technique for improving the efficiency of overall balance and co-ordination. This paper describes the responses to a questionnaire completed by a sample of 28 people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease six months after receiving a course of lessons as participants in a controlled trial. It is the first time that retention of skills has been investigated in relation to learning the Alexander technique.
Twenty-seven people (96%) said that they were continuing to use the Alexander technique in their daily life; most often while walking, sitting or standing. Twenty-four people (86%) were also practising the Alexander technique while lying down in a semi-supine position. Ten people (36%) were using the Alexander technique when they needed more control especially in crowds and social situations and seven (25%) in stressful situations.
The responses show that every participant retained some degree of skill; at the same time the responses indicate a wide variation in level of commitment and application.
|Keywords||Alexander technique, Parkinson's disease, Balance, Co-ordination, Skill retention|
|Journal||Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies|
|Journal citation||9 (2), pp. 150-157|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2004.06.004|