Elite athletes have been using Alexander Technique and acupuncture for years to maximize their on-field performance.
Professional basketball, football, hockey, and baseball players, and olympic athletes are all on record as benefiting from acupuncture and associated modalities (Olympic swimmers famously demonstrated their use of cupping with purple circular marks on their backs). For elite athletes, the relief from muscle tension, pain and inflammation that acupuncture provides is crucial to their performance. Read a more detailed article here.
The Alexander Technique is best known by performers (actors, dancers, musicians) to help them operate at their highest level so they can perform their art. What many people don’t know is that it can help athletes achieve their personal best, too. Alexander Technique improves coordination, balance, and overall efficiency, all of which lead to fewer injuries and less recovery time. There are several Alexander teachers around the world who specialize in specific sports (running, swimming, skiing), but any AT teacher will be able to help you improve your general coordination, which will benefit every activity you engage in.
Bob Quinn, an Alexander Technique client of mine writes about his experience here. He says, “I have been a runner since 1973 when I first joined the track team at my high school. I am now 62. For most of those intervening years I have been out on the roads and trails logging mile after mile. That is a lot of wear and tear. I have injured hips, ankles, and my back many times. Since I started to take AT lessons though I have not injured myself running. That is quite an improvement!”
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Just some stories and thoughts about the Alexander Technique and acupuncture.