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Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care

  • Charlotte AHEC 5039 Airport Center Parkway, Building K Charlotte, NC 28208 USA (map)

Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care

Target Audience

Medical and allied health professionals, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, mental health professionals, clinicians, health and human service practitioners, and other health care professionals, as well as exercise professionals and athletic trainers.


The Alexander technique (AT) is a tool for patient self-management. AT is an educational approach to improving functional patterns of posture and movement during everyday activities. Training in AT principles helps patients develop a better self-orienting way of thinking that is then combined with whatever they are doing in their daily lives. Adaptive Alexander-based programs show clients how to choose functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone. This helps them increase motor self-management and enhances their independence and overall quality of life. Training in AT principles fundamentally develops the individual's overall ability to make mindful choices about how to respond to the stressors of life, whether they are psychological or physiological in origin. 

This workshop will clarify the role of the AT specialist in enhancing a patient's ability to be a more active, skilled partner in both preventative and rehabilitative care while increasing the potential for increased benefit from all care team interventions.

Monika Gross


  • Identify the history and development of Alexander technique (AT) as an embodied mindfulness approach.
  • Summarize AT principles and how they relate to human functioning, agency, self-regulation, and overall retention of Self.
  • Describe the role of the AT specialist in patient care and the specialized training necessary for certification.
  • Identify the benefits for patients in training in AT principles.
  • Discuss existing research indicating the benefits of AT principles to particular target populations.
  • Recognize the methods used by AT specialists to train individuals in the AT principles in a variety of delivery settings.
  • Offer participants the opportunity to learn by experiencing a small sampling of these training methods.
  • Apply ways to cue and support patients in reinforcing their new AT-based orientation.


Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care
May 16, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM


Susan Walker, 704-512-6516

*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers only.