‘What’s that?’ is usually the response I get when I say that I am an Alexander Technique teacher. It’s an educational method, which has been around for well over a hundred years and has helped countless people move more easily, free themselves from everyday issues and be more in control of their mind and bodies. You can go to your osteopath for treatment and have some great results, but if you carry on doing the things in everyday life that were causing you difficulties in the first place, that treatment might not be as long-lasting. The Alexander Technique gives you the tools to take that understanding into the day to day and make the changes sustainable. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But what actually is it?
Fundamentally, the Alexander Technique is experiential. Experiencing a lesson is by far the best way to see what it can do for you and to see its incredible benefits. But let me explain first how a lesson works, whether it is individually or a group. We will discuss the work, perhaps read some text and it being a principle based discipline, will have a look at some of those principles that underpin it. Then you, the student, and I, the teacher, will go to work. Lessons take place ‘in activity’ so this activity could be sitting in a chair, standing, walking, bending down, playing the tuba or knitting! It does not matter what the movement is, we just teach while you are ‘in activity’. As a teacher, I will then gently use my hands to suggest subtle changes to the way that you are doing that activity so that you can move more freely and effectively. The use of hands in this way is something which sets the Alexander Technique apart from other disciplines.
But explaining it is really best left to those who have experienced it so I will leave you with some quotes from the students of the last Introduction to the Alexander Technique course in Autumn 2016.
“A brilliant introduction to the AT and I highly recommend Lynsey as a teacher. I just feel so much better for it and am moving much more freely.”
“The pain in my shoulder has gone! I am also calmer and more considered in my daily life.”
“It has helped me enormously… the technique has given me a greater awareness of my posture, positioning and informs me to let go of holding tension in my body.”
“I loved the interaction between the tutor and the students. The interactions linked the theory with the practice visually. It just made sense. I loved the way the group gelled too.”