Can the Alexander Technique Help Scoliosis? Insights from Galen Cranz

Scoliosis, a condition characterised by an abnormal lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine, can lead to significant discomfort and health issues if not managed properly. While traditional treatments often focus on physical therapy, bracing, and in severe cases, surgery, the Alexander Technique offers an alternative or complementary approach to managing scoliosis.

Galen Cranz, a professor at Berkeley University, an architect, and author of “The Chair,” has personally explored the benefits of the Alexander Technique in dealing with scoliosis and even trained to become an Alexander Technique Teacher herself. She has shared her insights through a series of four YouTube lessons, offering valuable guidance on how this technique can support individuals with scoliosis (link below).

Understanding Scoliosis

Scoliosis involves an abnormal curvature of the spine, typically presenting as an “S” or “C” shape when viewed from behind. This curvature can cause uneven shoulders, ribs and pelvis, or one hip higher than the other. Beyond these visible signs, scoliosis can lead to chronic pain, respiratory issues, and reduced physical function due to the imbalance and strain placed on the musculoskeletal system and organs within.

The Alexander Technique: An Overview

The Alexander Technique is a method of mind-body re-education developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander. It focuses on improving constructive conscious control for improving how we use our mind-body for optimal use of our whole self. Rather than offering a set of exercises, the Alexander Technique provides principles and guidance to help individuals recognize and change harmful habits of movement and posture. The idea that nature does a great job if we can just stop interfering.

Galen Cranz’s Experience with the Alexander Technique

Professor Galen Cranz has extensively studied and applied the Alexander Technique to manage her own scoliosis. As a professor at Berkeley University and an architect, Cranz’s professional and personal life demanded a solution that would allow her to function effectively without being hindered by the pain of her condition. Her book, “The Chair,” delves into ergonomics and the science of sitting, reflecting her broader interest in body mechanics, architecture of the close environment and posture.

Cranz’s journey with the Alexander Technique is documented in a series of four YouTube lessons, where she shares her experiences and insights. These lessons provide a practical perspective on how the Alexander Technique can be integrated into daily life to alleviate the challenges posed by scoliosis.

How the Alexander Technique Benefits People with Scoliosis

  1. Improved Postural Awareness: One of the key benefits of the Alexander Technique is increased awareness of balance, effort and muscular tone. Individuals learn to identify and correct unhelpful habits that may exacerbate scoliosis.
  2. Enhanced Movement Efficiency: The technique promotes more efficient movement patterns, reducing unnecessary strain on the spine and surrounding muscles. This can help mitigate pain and discomfort associated with scoliosis.
  3. Balanced Muscle Use: Scoliosis often leads to imbalanced muscle use, with some muscles overworked and others underused. The Alexander Technique encourages balanced muscle engagement, promoting better overall alignment.
  4. Stress Reduction: Chronic pain and discomfort from scoliosis can lead to heightened stress and tension. The Alexander Technique teaches conscious rest and conscious thinking methods which indirectly contribute to overall well-being.
  5. Non-Invasive Approach: Unlike surgical interventions, the Alexander Technique is a non-invasive method that empowers individuals to take control of their condition through mind-body practices and self-care.

Accessing Galen Cranz’s Lessons

For those interested in exploring how the Alexander Technique can support scoliosis management, Galen Cranz’s YouTube series offers an excellent starting point. Her lessons provide practical tips and insights based on her personal experience and professional expertise.

Watch Galen Cranz’s YouTube Lessons on the Alexander Technique and Scoliosis


The Alexander Technique offers a valuable approach for managing scoliosis, focusing on improving posture, movement efficiency, and overall body awareness. I had the pleasure to learn the EyeBody Method with Peter Grunwald alongside Galen in New Zealand in the early 2000s. Through the experiences shared by experts like Galen Cranz, individuals with scoliosis can explore non-invasive methods to enhance their quality of life. By incorporating the principles of the Alexander Technique, those with scoliosis can work towards better spinal health and reduced discomfort, ultimately leading to a more balanced and pain-free existence. Its about learning to live well in the body we have, using conscious and constructive thinking to get the best from ourselves, moment by moment.

If you would like to have a chat and see how the Alexander Technique might work for you, please get in touch. I look forward to talking with you. https://lucyascham.com/whats-on/

Written by Lucy Ascham, Body & Soul Energy Expert

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