Lessons are on a one-to-one basis. A combination of hands-on work and verbal instruction is used as you are guided through a range of everyday activities: standing, bending, sitting and breathing. Pupils also lie on a table and learn to release unconscious muscle tension, while the teacher gently moves your limbs and encourages your neck to release and your back to lengthen and expand. These practical, hands-on sessions give the actual experience of better movement and co-ordination, and teach its application in activity.
Initially pupils are often amazed at how they have straightened up and lengthened without any effort on their part!
How long will it take?
Although the benefits of the technique become apparent within a few sessions, twenty to thirty lessons can be required for the pupil to be able to access these benefits reliably for themselves and learn the technique properly, although a smaller number of lessons can make a significant difference.
Some people may need ongoing lessons to help them manage chronic pain, while others simply enjoy them as part of their own life-skills agenda.
My lessons are approximately 45 minutes long, usually at least weekly to begin with. However, if you are dealing with chronic pain or misuse, it is preferable to start with at least 2 lessons a week for the first month, as this tends to speed the learning curve.
A note of caution
The Alexander Technique requires commitment and patience: it takes time to undo habits which have taken a lifetime to build up. Further, it only works if you apply it.
On the positive side, many students of this work have commented that they no longer feel dependent on someone else to ‘fix’ them when they are in pain or discomfort: they have a self-help tool which allows them to effectively look after themselves.