What happens in an Alexander Technique lesson?
Through gentle verbal and hands-on guidance I will help you to experience habits that may be causing or contributing to unnecessary stress and strain in yourself. Your awareness and skill of observation of what you are really doing with yourself will be sharpened. You’ll learn certain strategies to undo and prevent unwanted patterns and to develop a more beneficial use of yourself. You’ll be introduced to the basic concepts of the Alexander Technique along the way.
Typical ways to work in a lesson include familiar daily activities like lying down, getting in and out of a chair, breathing, talking, standing and walking. We may additionally look at special activities (like playing an instrument, working at a computer etc.) according to your interests and needs.
No changing or removal of clothes is needed, although comfortable clothing is recommended and you may want to take off your shoes.
How many lessons will I need?
There is no easy answer to this question as people are in different circumstances and come with individual needs and expectations. Also, as with any kind of learning it depends on what you want to get out of it. I would recommend to come for at least three lessons to really get an impression of what this is about. A set of at least 10-20 lessons will give you a foundation to start to apply the AT to your own needs. Many people continue having lessons to develop a more advanced understanding. Usually people come for one lesson a week, but in the beginning it may be desirable to come more often than that. You are very welcome to come and try just one lesson, you are always in control of how many lessons you choose to take and you only have to book one at a time.
Is it for me?
People come for different reasons and from all walks of life to the Alexander Technique. There is no age limit or other prerequisites, just bring your attention and curiosity! An easy way to find out more if you feel uncertain and would like to just meet me first is to come to one of my introductory classes. Do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions. Please let me know of any injuries or conditions that you feel may be of relevance before the lesson.