The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities…”
The touch used by an Alexander Technique teacher is quite unique. It has the effect of helping you to quieten your nervous system and to ‘tune in’ to your body so that you can balance and align yourself better, and adjust the levels of tension in your muscles.
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.
Initially pupils are often amazed at how they have straightened up and lengthened without any effort on their part!
How many lessons?
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. 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.