One to one lessons in Alexander technique
Sessions or lessons? Patient or pupil?
In Alexander technique, sessions are called lessons. This is because in them, your brain is always learning: to drop unnecessary habits & learn new ones. This is happening even when it sometimes feels like you are being worked on passively, & maybe on the table, as in other therapy sessions. For this reason, the Alexander technique practitioner is called a teacher, & the patient/client is the pupil. But it is a very different learning process than anything you did at school!
As your body and brain learn to drop unwanted habit patterns, pain & problems often melt away. This can feel quite an unconscious process. At the same time you are learning consciously to take charge to help the process, & stop reoccurrence of problems in the future. People vary in how consciously they engage with this process.
How do I learn the technique?
One-to-one lessons with a qualified teacher is the ideal way to learn. Everybody is different, so each lesson will be tailored to your individual needs. We are undoing and re-educating the habits of a lifetime, so a course of lessons is needed, usually taken weekly.
What happens in lessons?
Finding natural body movement through Alexander technique chair work:
I will guide you with voice and light touch. You will start by observing your habits & then working with simple movements such as sitting, standing, walking & bending the knees, the basics of all movements. We also discuss your observations & discoveries at home & work, so that you are applying the technique to your life straight away. All work is done fully clothed.
Pupil's comment after first lesson:
I felt much clearer, I just felt straighter, the spasm of my neck had gone. From the relaxing of my back, I just felt something released, it was easier to walk, & I haven’t had pain in my feet since; or in my hips, pains are right down.”
Gradually you learn
- to observe what you're doing with more accuracy,
- how to use your brain to stop unwanted tension patterns
- & to invite new and better movement patterns.
- we can do mock ups of situations you encounter regularly: computing, phone work, driving, housework, gardening etc. to help you apply the technique in all situations.
- We also use games around rushing, anxiety & reacting, to help you calm your approach to life & make clearer choices.