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:

Finding natural body movement through Alexander technique chair work with Penelope Easten.
Finding natural body movement through Alexander technique chair work with Penelope Easten.
Finding natural body movement through Alexander technique chair work with Penelope Easten.
Finding natural body movement through Alexander technique chair work with Penelope Easten.

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.”
– Dympna

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.