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others who have benefited from the alexander technique

" I started having Alexander lessons while I was injured. When I was able to run again I went out for a training run on my usual course and my time had improved. I had been unable to train because of injury for which I was receiving other treatment. The improved time was the result of what I had learnt with the Alexander Technique"
Rachel Alexander, former Triathlete

"Alexander Technique is an exceptionally powerful method for re-educating the human being to stop interfering with their bodies, so that the body can automatically do what nature intended for it to do - function with ease. As in all sport, this ability provides a fundamental advantage for anyone interested in skiing with confident ease, grace and speed. I would highly recommend AT to anyone interested in skiing, from the beginner to the advanced and competitive skier."  
Bryan Stanton, Ski Instructor; Mt Buller, Australia

Andrew Walters (centre podium), who used the technique for a successful run in the 2005 Gold Coast Marathon

“In 1997 a prominent sports physician told me that my body wasn’t designed for running and I would continue to have lower limb injuries until I stopped. I followed that advice and gave the sport away. In 2002 I started training on an Alexander Technique course. Using the course and working privately with Richard I made a return to running. I have been running injury-free for more than 12 months now and ran 2:26 at the Gold Coast Marathon as a member of the Queensland team which won the national title. I would not have been on that podium without the Technique and the help of Richard Tasker.”
Andrew Walters, 2nd place-getter Melbourne Marathon, 2005

"Through the Alexander Technique I was able to rehabilitate my running after 25 years of being unable to run through injuries, to the extent that I was able to set ten world records for veterans in 1982.”
Paul Collins, Canadian National Marathon Champion, 1949-52 (Stevens)

"Howard Paine was an Olympic level hammer thrower. At the age of 40 he thought he was ‘over the hill’. He came across the Alexander Technique. The result was a marked increase in the length of his throw and a greater enjoyment of his sport.” “……it helped him break the Commonwealth hammer throw record.”

“………. a number of colleagues and I took running lessons from Paul Collins. In these he showed us how to apply the Technique to running. The effect was electrifying: the usual sense of effort and slog vanished, running became a joyful expression of our bodies’ natural abilities, rather than something we imposed on them by willpower.”

“As I put more and more time, effort and mileage, into my running, I was getting less and less return. …….(I)beg(a)n training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique,……….and ….kept up my running, now focusing on the 800 meters. Although my training included several high sessions on the track familiar to every middle-distance runner, there was a big difference. I was no longer plagued with injuries in spite of maintaining a punishing level of training required for middle-distance running. In my early 40s I maintain a level close to my personal best. And still NO INJURIES.”
Malcolm Balk, runner and Canadian track coach (Macdonald)

‘Individual athletes with perception and insight, like the great Ed Moses or Joan Benoit, who have added the Alexander Technique to their training routines are rewarded with a sense of mastery over their own bodies, and faster more flowing action.’

Steven Paul, British fencer, used the Alexander Technique to deal with chronic back problems. Paul was a British Olympian 1980, 84, and 8 world championships.

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Stevens, Chris. The Alexander Technique, Macdonald Optima, London: 1987.

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