The Alexander Technique is helpful to anyone who has a curiosity about how and why they move the way they do. The AT can be applied to daily life, improving coordination, easing tension and uncovering the underlying causes of chronic pain or fatigue. Furthermore, AT can help improve athletic performance by optimizing access to our natural movement coordination and helping with focus and an overall positive, present attention in our activities. For performing artists, for whom the body is always the primary instrument, AT teaches a deep, finely honed awareness of our bodies in motion, from the delicate, buoyant support of our breath, to dynamic core support, and a generous, freely expressive use of our limbs.
This is certainly up to each individual. The work is essentially a subtle practice. Each student progresses on an individual pace. Typically, a series of 10-15 lessons will give you a good sense of how to carry on the work on your own. For some students, this is enough. Others like to continue on with lessons to facilitate continuing growth. Ideally, one to two lessons a week is a good way to begin, later tapering off to less frequent individual lessons.
Lessons generally last 45 minutes. The student and teacher together look at habitual holding patterns or tensions that often turn up in our most mundane, everyday movements. We learn to stop doing these patterns, with patience, practice and a gentle, non-judgmental approach. Very simple, “pedestrian” movement is the first arena---walking, bending, lifting, speaking, etc. Later, we will apply the technique to more refined activities or sports. The teacher works with a light hands-on touch to help the student focus awareness and discover the many choices available in motion. Some time lying down, again with the teacher’s verbal and hands-on guidance, is generally incorporated into each lesson.
Loose-fitting comfortable clothing is appropriate. Wear something that allows easy movement, and that does not inhibit you from working on the floor. Generally, dresses, skirts, and tight jeans are not recommended.
A single lesson costs $95. If you buy a series of 8 or more lessons, the price is reduced to $90 apiece. For small groups of 2-3 students, the shared lesson cost will be $150.
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American Society for the Alexander Technique.
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