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Unnaturalistic Methods: A, 25/3/2007
Alexander Technique® (Alexander method, F.M. Alexander Technique™): A method for changing stereotyped response patterns by the inhibition of certain postural sets.” Teachers of the Alexander Technique claim to ‘re-educate’ the kinaesthetic sense so that their pupils become more aware of unnecessary muscular tension during their everyday movements. According to its theory, our human mechanism is superbly adapted to the environment of evolutionary adaptation, but is not well adapted to the demands of modern, sedentary, civilised life. Alexander claimed that maintaining a particular ‘use’ of the head, neck, and back leads to re-claiming the optimum overall physical functioning that is our evolutionary heritage. Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), an Australian Shakespearean actor, developed the method at the turn of the century and set out his ideas in four books Although his original purpose was to assist voice projection, Alexander concluded that faulty posture was responsible for diverse symptoms. He posited that habitual unbalanced movement affects the functioning of the entire body, implying that postures entail behavior patterns and that bad postural habits can distort one's personality. The Alexander Technique is not a therapy or a religion and teachers do not claim to ‘treat’ or ‘cure.’ A teacher will guide a student’s movement in order to offer heightened sensory feedback, with the ultimate aim of increasing a student’s self-awareness of balance and undue muscular tension. [This entry was written by Lee Warren and posted on 3/25/07)

Alexander Technique® (Alexander method, F.M. Alexander Technique): A purported means of integrating one's mental, physical, and spiritual "aspects." According to its theory, maintaining alignment of the head, neck, and back leads to optimum overall physical functioning. Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), an Australian Shakespearean actor, developed the method at the turn of the century and wrote The Resurrection of the Body.

Although his original purpose was to assist voice projection, Alexander concluded that faulty posture was responsible for diverse symptoms. He posited that habitual unbalanced movement affects the functioning of the entire body, implying that postures entail behavior patterns and that bad postural habits can distort one's personality. Alexander further posited that all proper bodily movements flowed from one basic movement, the maximum lengthening of the spine, which he termed the "primary control." He stated that, in a sense, his method embraced all religions, and he posited an "all-wise" invisible "Authority" within the "soul of man." Practitioners ("teachers") of the Alexander Technique press manually on various parts of the "student's" body and simultaneously repeatedly pronounce phrases that are key to the method.

Unnaturalistic Methods: QR, 4/6/1997
Rolfing Movement Integration (RMI): Spinoff of Rolfing whose groundwork was laid in the 1960s and 1970s by Dorothy Nolte (a Rolfer) and Judith Aston, the dancer who developed Aston-Patterning and Aston Movement. RMI somewhat resembles the Alexander Technique; both involve a "teacher" who gives tactile and oral guidance to a "student" (in the Alexander Technique, also called a "pupil"). An alleged effect of RMI is the experience of a "transformation of energy" -- the release (very possibly "chaotic") of "energy" the body stored.

Rubenfeld Synergy® Method (Rubenfeld Synergy): Form of body-centered psychotherapy that borrows from the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method, Gestalt therapy, and hypnotherapy. Onetime orchestra conductor Ilana Rubenfeld developed the method in the early 1960s. Rubenfeld has described the body as "the sacred sanctuary of the soul." Rubenfeld Synergy includes aura analysis and dreamwork.

Analysis of the MACCAH Draft: CAM Modalities, 27/6/2003
Alexander technique

Analysis of the Final WHCCAMP Report: Chapter 6, 26/3/2002
While some CAM professions endorse licensure requirements in order to participate fully in the health care delivery system, several people testified that licensure is not feasible for some categories of CAM practitioners, such as Native American and other traditional healers. Some CAM practitioners consider their disciplines to be educational (Alexander Technique) or spiritual (Reiki) and have expressed concerns about being licensed as health professionals. Some conventional health care practitioners who incorporate CAM modalities into their practices want to broaden the scope of practice laws to allow these modalities to be used.

Unnaturalistic Methods: S, 4/6/1997
somatic therapy (somatic disciplines, somatic methods, somatics, somatic techniques, somatic therapies): Field that encompasses aikido, the Alexander Technique, applied kinesiology, Arica, Aston-Patterning, Awareness Through Movement, bioenergetics, Body-Mind Centering®, "Capoeria," "Continuum," CranioSacral Therapy, Eutony, Focusing, Functional Integration, Hakomi, Hellerwork, judo, karate, kundalini yoga, kung fu, "Lomi" (see "lomi-lomi" and "Lomi work"), "Oki yoga" (see "Oki-Do"), Process-Oriented Psychotherapy (process psychology), rebirthing, reflexology, Resonant Kinesiology, Rolfing, "Rosen work" (see "Rosen Method"), "sensory awareness," SHEN, somasynthesis, tai chi, Touch for Health, Trager, "Trans Fiber," yoga therapy, and Zero Balancing. "Subtle-energy elements" are a commonality of somatic therapies. Thomas Hanna, founder of the journal Somatics, coined the word "somatics."

Unnaturalistic Methods Glossary, 4/6/1997
alternativist noun: A proponent of alternativism (especially medical alternativism) or a division or subgroup thereof. A proponent of a single alternativist method (e.g., the Alexander Technique or Natural Hygiene) is not necessarily an alternativist. adjective: Affirmative of or conforming to alternativism, especially medical alternativism.

Unnaturalistic Methods: E, 4/6/1997
Eutony (eutonic therapy, Eutony therapy, Eutony training, Eutony treatment, Gerda Alexander method): "Holistic" form of body-centered psychotherapy created by Gerda Alexander. The prefix eu means good; tony means muscle tone. Eutony somewhat resembles the Alexander Technique.

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