You learn the Alexander Technique by having one-to-one lessons with an Alexander Technique teacher.
In a lesson, the teacher uses their hands to gently guide you into a better balance during simple activities, such as standing, sitting, lying down and walking. The teacher’s hands are sensitive and reassuring and encourage you to become conscious of habits that are causing you to disturb your natural balance, so that you can prevent them. The teacher also uses verbal instruction to help you learn how to apply the Alexander Technique to your daily life.
As you begin to grasp the principles underlying the Alexander Technique, you can apply them to whatever you do – from simple movements, such as bending to pick up an object from the floor or getting out of a chair, to complex skills, such as driving a car or playing the piano.
The Alexander Technique can awaken our potential for lifelong learning and growth and our understanding of its principles can be continually refined.
How Many Lessons Do I Need?
The number of lessons you need is very much individual – it depends on such factors as why you are coming for lessons, how deeply engrained your habits are, and on your priorities and aspirations. In an introductory lesson, your teacher can assess your overall balance and offer you advice based on your personal circumstances.
Like many practical skills, learning the Alexander Technique takes time; how far you develop that skill is ultimately up to you. Most people have weekly lessons to begin with, although those who are in greater difficulties may benefit from coming more frequently.
What Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. You will probably feel more at ease in trousers rather than a skirt.
What About Group Classes or Workshops?
Group classes or workshops can be fun and provide you with useful information. However, they can only serve as an introduction to the Alexander Technique. In a group class or workshop, it is impossible for the teacher to give you the individualised, “hands-on” attention that you need. Therefore, if you really want to help yourself and experience the full benefits of the Alexander Technique, there is no substitute for one-to-one lessons.