The first lesson is an hour and thereafter, 45 minutes. During that time, I observe how you sit, stand, walk, bend, and conduct activities related to your daily living.
If I see you moving in a way that is contrary to our human design, through a gentle use of my hands and engaging your conscious participation, I help you become aware of those movement patterns and give you tools for change. Thus you learn to move in a way that is lighter, freer, and feels better.
In addition to upright work, lessons include time on a table where more of your being is supported in relation to gravity. This facilitates the letting go and integration process.
The Alexander Technique can benefit anyone who has discomfort, pain, or fatigue due to postural habits, stress, old injuries, or poor coordination. It can be of enormous help to those suffering from long-term back problems, knee problems, or other joint problems if moving with compression is the source of the pain. People with migraines, vocal difficulties, and asthmatic conditions have also found relief from studying the Alexander Technique.
Some people come to this work to improve their performance as an actor, a dancer, or a musician. Others have the sense that things just aren’t right with them and want to feel better. Occasionally one has read Alexander’s writings and comes inspired by his ideas.
The number of lessons is very individual, depending on your background and what you want from the work. Because we are dealing with long-established habits, it is important in the beginning to come at least once a week, sometimes twice. Six months of lessons will generally give a student enough of the work to make changes that will last the rest of his or her life.