Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique works by helping you to identify and prevent the harmful postural habits that aggravate, or may be the cause of, stress, pain and under-performance.

How do I learn the Alexander Technique? 

The usual setting for learning Alexander Technique is a one-to-one lesson. This provides the best opportunity for individual needs to be met. A lesson lasts approximately 40 minutes.

In a lesson the teacher uses her hands and verbal instruction to take a pupil through everyday movements like standing, sitting, walking and bending.

In the beginning, you should aim to have lessons as close together as you can manage. This should be at least once a week. As it is a learning process, it is difficult to say at the outset how many lessons you will need. It depends on how the learning goes for you and your individual needs and goals. It can be useful to compare having Alexander lessons to learning a musical instrument or another language. You may simply want to gain a basic grounding or you may want to become a virtuoso!

Come along in ordinary street or work clothing. Women may feel more comfortable in trousers rather than a skirt.

What benefits will I notice? 

This practical approach will develop your awareness of how and when you hold unnecessary tension. The habits of tension we develop interfere with the body’s postural mechanism. Lessons help you regain natural poise and ease. Potentially, the Technique can be applied to the whole range of your activities ­ affecting how you are in yourself ­ whether walking down the street, working at a computer, dealing with a challenging situation or learning a new skill.

How we support ourselves (posture) affects and is affected by our overall health and wellbeing. Through having lessons a wide range of benefits have been noted including improvements in breathing, voice, confidence, digestion and the management of stress and pain.

The Technique can also aid recovery from injury and help those with conditions that affect movement such as arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease.

More information about the Alexander Technique can be found at www.stat.org.ukand at www.gooduse.com