Back, neck or shoulder pain? Are you getting the right care?

“97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique – it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.” - Jack Stern, spinal neurosurgeon



It is not just about posture……..

I’m Mark Claireaux and as a practitioner of the Technique of 14 years and an ex back and neck pain sufferer i’ve learned that pain is also linked to stress and that there are 3 things that can really help.

1 – We need to deal with stress. If we can’t take ourselves out of the stressful situation which we often can’t, we need to ask what is happening in our bodies when stressed. Neck tight? Tummy gripping? Holding in arms and legs too much? Well yes probably but Alexander Technique can help with this.

2- It is now known that if we distract ourselves from the pain it can go away. Alexander Technique can also help with this as we use our thinking to send a new message to our brains.

3 – If in pain we can get fearful of movement. Again learning Alexander Technique can help you move in a way that doesn’t hurt, rewiring the brain.

Significant long-term benefit from Alexander Technique lessons for low back pain has been demonstrated by a major study published by the British Medical Journal on 20th August 2008.


This study has not surprised me at all as back pain was the main reason I came to the technique. I tried many other therapies but the pain kept coming back. I found the Alexander Technique to be more powerful as it was something I could learn to do myself which was very empowering.

See my blog here: 3 things to know help with pain and what we can do about it.   

Here are a few of my client comments: 


“I was in agony and could hardly walk…..since then no trouble even after a year”

Paul McVeigh (Author of “The Good Son”).




“I now have no back pain at all” Kate Bacon





“My neck pain is significantly reduced”  (Just 4 sessions)

Joseph Ziminski





“A real reduction in my lower back pain” Thomas Mercer (Director American Express Brighton).



It can be a revelation that we can have a huge influence on our body’s workings just by changing our postural habits, changing how we react to things and being more bodily aware as we go about our daily lives.

In lessons I can teach you how to be more supported from your feet which will have the effect of releasing tension in the legs, right up through the joints, the back , shoulders and the neck. In effect freeing the whole system to work more efficiently without excessive tension.


The Research:

Back pain is the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK and lower back pain affects 7 in 10 people at some time in their lives.

A study published online by the British Medical Journal, referring to a trial with over 500 patients, offers some hope.

Professor Paul Little of Southampton’s faculty of medicine and his colleagues recruited 579 patients from 64 GP practices. They were either given normal care, massage, 6 lessons, or 24 lessons of Alexander technique (AT). Half the patients in each group were also given an exercise programme involving walking.

Little said “This is a good, large, trial. It is good enough evidence for people to take it seriously.” Of the approaches tested, lessons in the Alexander Technique provided the most benefit. The research reveals that following 24 AT lessons, the average number of activities limited by low back pain had fallen by 42%, and the number of days in pain had decreased from 21 to 3 days per month one year after the trial started. Also a series of 6 lessons followed by GP-prescribed general exercise was about 70% as beneficial as 24 AT lessons alone.


Click here to read the study on the BMJ website


Kate here went form constant pain to know pain at all! 



“From constant pain to……I don’t have pain at all” Kate Goldstone (Freelance Copywriter).


To find out more come along for an introductory session book here

Mark Claireaux M.S.T.A.T