There are a number of ways of learning this technique. Through a series of individual lessons, through attending a series of small group classes, or through a combination of both.
People normally choose to do something quite simple to begin with such as sitting. Exploring everyday activities such as sitting can be a surprisingly enjoyable and rewarding experience.It may be that you wish to look at a particular activity such as working at a computer, walking, carrying a bag, running, playing a musical instrument, household activities etc.
Whatever it is, the Alexander Technique is about learning to use less effort by changing our habitual patterns of behaviour, our usual ways of going about a task or activity. These habitual patterns of behaviour are in turn driven by our habitual patterns of thinking.
Because of this causal relationship between thought and movement a major part of the lesson is a dialogue in which the assumptions and beliefs the student has around what they need to do in order to move, are brought to light in order to test their validity. This dialogue when combined with gentle use of the teachers hands can be helpful in changing thinking, movements and behaviours.
What to expect in a lesson?
We can use any activity that interests you to learn the technique. It is immensely practical. Most people like to start with an everyday activity such as sitting, standing or walking, and are often surprised at the changes in themselves through letting go of unnecessary effort and tension. Through a combination of dialogue and gentle use of hands we come to new understanding of ourselves and an experience of the simple joy of being in movement.
How often for lessons?
Some people like to come weekly, while others find that once or twice a month or whenever they feel like it, works for them. If you are new to the Alexander Technique then having a course of 6 lessons is a good way to start. If you would like to share a lesson or group of lessons with a friend, partner or relative then let me know.
50 minute lesson: £40
30 minute lesson: £25
Some people prefer the social interaction of small groups where each person has a lesson and you get a chance to observe the changes in other people as well as oneself.
Class at my home nr Madley
Mondays 10.45am -12.15
Drop in £15
Wednesdays at Yeleni Therapy & Support Centre 2 Blackfriars Street Hereford HR4 9HS
10am - 11am £10 per session
I also hold Saturday morning group classes once a month at Yeleni for those who can't make the day time class. 10 - 11.30 contact Mike for details
An Introduction to the Alexander Technique at the Retreat, Presteigne,LD8 2UF
10.00 - 11.30 or 17.00 - 18.30 Fridays once a month. £15
Contact Mike for details
An opportunity to learn some key principles to improve the quality of your life in relation to thinking, movement, posture and breath. All welcome.