The Alexander Technique is most often taught in one-to-one lessons through hands-on guidance and spoken explanations. At the beginning, most of the emphasis is on simple movements and everyday activities such as sitting, standing and walking to reveal the tendencies of the head neck back relationship.
Through experience and observation, you gain increased awareness, enabling you to recognize and change long-standing habits and to function with more choice. You discover and learn how to use the body more awareness through an understanding of how your coordination works.
In time, your new understanding and skill can be applied to more complex and demanding activities. The process of learning the Alexander Technique can be compared with that of learning to be conversive in a new language or learning how to play an instrument.
What is a lesson?
Lessons in the Alexander Technique are a process of psychophysical re-education. This is why Alexander teachers refer to ourselves as teachers and students, rather than therapists and patients.
During each lesson, I give verbal instruction, and ‘hands-on’ manual guidance. The first step is to help students develop an awareness of their own movement patterns.
Gradually, harmful patterns are replaced with ones that allow the student to carry out his or her daily activities with less pain, increased mobility, and healthy breathing patterns. Once the principles of the technique are understood, lessons are then geared to the individual needs of the student.