How it's taught
The Technique is usually taught on a one-to-one basis, lessons lasting about forty-five minutes. Special clothing is not necessary as long as you have free movement, and I'll only ask you to remove your shoes.
Working with simple activities such as walking, getting in and out of a chair and lying down, I will use verbal instructions and my hands to gently guide and coax you towards better co-ordination and alignment, while introducing the Alexander principles.
When you have become more self-aware and familiar with the process, we can go on to apply the Technique to everyday activities such as writing, working at a computer, driving, bending and lifting, and more specialised tasks such as playing a musical instrument, sports, public speaking - almost anything.
It may help at the beginning to have two or more lessons per week but as your skills increase, the frequency can be reduced. The aim is for you to be able to maintain good use for yourself and incorporate the Technique into your life. Regular practice at home and work greatly supports this learning process.
You can start with a single lesson to see how you get on. This is the most direct approach although occasionally I run introductory talks and workshops.
We undergo three years full time training and should be a member of our professional body the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), complying with their code of ethics and practice.
Venues for individual lessons
Individual: £45 per 45 min lesson with an amazing reduction before 5pm to £40.
Talks and workshops: by negotiation