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The first diagnostic lesson is $90, subsequent lessons are $80 and there is a six-lesson package for $400 (six lessons for the price of five). Cash or checks are preferred, credit cards accepted
Students and those on a limited income are eligible for significant discounts on lessons.
Cancellations within 24 hours are subject to a charge of the cost of the lesson.
What sort of people take Alexander Technique (AT) lessons?
The chief reason people take lessons is for back and neck pain relief. But there are other reasons as well.
For many years, actors, singers, musicians and dancers have benefited from using the AT to improve their performances and avoid injury. Professional athletes, particularly golfers, have long used the AT to improve their game. Martial-artists with knowledge of the AT gain more kinesthetic (muscular) awareness and better balance.
Anyone who spends long hours at a computer can benefit from the AT, including office workers with repetitive strain injury (RSI) or carpal tunnel syndrome, a backache, back-pain, a stiff neck or shoulders.
Pain relief is a common reason for people taking AT lessons. People suffering from arthritis, sciatica and Parkinson’s disease have been helped by the technique. Sufferers from TMJ syndrome, tic douloureux, teeth-grinding and other neuropathic disorder have gotten relief.
Many people who have sustained injuries after running or working-out in the gym have found that the AT enables them to avoid the injuries common to exercisers.
Surgeons, medics and dentists find that an understanding of the technique helps them cope with demanding schedules that require them to be constantly on their feet or bending over.
Senior citizens find the AT very helpful for dealing with common problems of aging: preventing falls, improving ability to cope with pain, regaining mobility and restoring flexibility to joints. It is a great freedom to be able to stand and sit without contorting or straining oneself!
Children with developmental problems move with less stress and strain after having AT lessons. Harmful patterns of movement can be altered before they become fixed for life.
Finally, poise: The AT has also been used by public-speakers, business people and those wishing to build up their confidence. Nervous and shy people find it easier to meet and talk to others after taking AT lessons. Improved confidence leads to decreased stress and more joy in life.
A little over a hundred years ago, F.M. Alexander, the founder of the AT, discovered something both subtle and profound; little alterations in your position and movements can result in dramatic changes: “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” An essential idea in the AT is that your use of your “self,” i.e. your body and mind, affects how well you function. When you learn to function better, you naturally gain better physical and mental health.
Alexander found that a properly coordinated head, neck and back, what he termed “the primary control,” was crucial to how well the rest of the self was coordinated; this discovery has since been scientifically proven. Another key idea is that if you learn to inhibit, i.e. stop, your initial reaction to a stimuli, you are given the ability to change your habitual response to that stimuli–an ability that frees you from your set patterns and behavior. You learn to have conscious control of your self instead of being governed by unconscious reactions. All of these concepts are not merely theoretical abstractions, but concrete ideas that have practical value in your daily life. The positive effects of lessons will be easily apparent to yourself and noted by others.
I will be very happy to further explain the concepts of the AT, and how they are to be put into practice, during the introductory lesson. There is also a wealth of information about F.M. Alexander and the Alexander Technique at the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and the Constructive Teaching Centre. Many other Alexander Teacher websites can give you information about the technique, the scientific and medical evidence, and what happens during a session. Two of the best are by former teachers of mine: alexandertech.me.uk and geraldfoley.co.uk/ Additional information about the AT can also be found on The Complete Guide to the AT.
What can the AT do for me?
Learning to move with ease and efficiency is not just a luxury for performers€”it can change your outlook on life. We are all creatures of habit. I can show you how habitual patterns of movement and thought keep you from realizing your potential. The AT deals with root causes; it provides relief from pain, but it is not a quick fix. You will learn to breath in a free and easy way that promotes tranquility and improves the circulation. Finally, as you stop compacting your spine, you may find yourself taller€”I grew half an inch after I began training!
Through verbal guidance and light touch I will guide you through simple movements, such as walking, sitting, and lifting light objects. The movements will be distinctly different from what you are used to and will result in dramatic changes in the way you move and think. Lessons are also tailored for your individual needs. Many people report a refreshing sense of lightness after a lesson. No special clothes are required, though as some of the work is on a table, women may be more comfortable wearing slacks than skirts.
The British Medical Journal found as few as 6 lessons could alleviate back pain. However, many people take more lessons. It is recommended to have several lessons close together in the beginning and then reduce the frequency. Thirty lessons over the course of a year is typical. However, there is no exact number that is right for everyone; it depends on age, background, health, experience and what you are looking to achieve. Lessons generally take 40-50 minutes.