I've just been talking to a dear friend about the Alexander technique and the question of scientific evidence came up. This subject gets me going because I too struggle with things when they're based on magic or make-believe. I have an open mind; I'm an enthusiastic Harry Potter fan but when it comes to things that are supposed to help me they definitely have to be logical, provable and effective. If you look at the Alexander technique from a mechanical point of view then it'
Why are we all so tense? Why don't we retain the poise and muscular efficiency we had in early childhood? How do we end up so collapsed and distorted that it could take a lifetime to solve completely? Lots of people have asked me about this. I believe FM Alexander thought that our brains had evolved too quickly, leaving us with 'debauched kinaesthesia' as he put it. We simply no longer need to rely on accurate sensory feedback for survival, so we forget about it and get on wi