It is taught one-to-one, by qualified Teachers who have completed a 3 year full time training course accredited by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT).
The Teacher will use simple everyday activities to explore your individual patterns of movement and reaction, using gentle guidance with their hands and verbal instructions.
This aids you in letting go of harmful or unnecessary habits. It is effortless and liberating - the work of undoing, of stripping away what you don’t need - rather than learning to “do” something new.
Learning the Alexander Technique is a bit like learning to play a musical instrument, only the instrument in question is the human body. How much time is needed varies from person to person.
Scientific research published in The British Medical Journal found that people with chronic back pain enjoyed long term benefits and reduced symptoms after just 6 Alexander lessons. However, 24 lessons were found to be even more effective.
Having initial lessons grouped closely together will speed up the learning process and greatly improve the benefits.
In the early 1890s the Australian actor F M Alexander discovered that people habitually caused contractions along their spine and into their limbs and that these contractions were unnatural and harmful. He developed a technique for letting go of these unnatural contractions, allowing the body to return to its natural resting state.
The stresses of life – be it a demanding deadline, a key performance, or simply the need to sit in front of a computer for a long period of time - trigger these harmful contractions. The Alexander Technique teaches you how to avoid them.
Further information is also available at www.alexandertechnique.com.