In an Alexander Technique lesson, your teacher instructs you — with verbal and manual guidance — to approach movement differently. You learn to recognise habit patterns that may be interfering with ease and flexibility and you’ll learn how to prevent them. No special clothing is needed.
Your teacher will teach you how to recognise and release any unnecessary tension you may be holding, promoting an enlivened sensory awareness and quieting the nervous system. You are an active participant: your eyes are open and conversation takes place.
Using simple activities such as sitting, standing, walking, speaking and lying down, your teacher gives you verbal, visual and physical cues to help you perform those activities with greater ease and efficiency. Guiding you in movement, your teacher works to elicit your body’s capacity for dynamic expansion and you will learn how to maintain that ease and freedom on your own.
What you learn applies to all activities in your life, but you are welcome to work with your teacher on particular activities of interest such as lifting and carrying, computer work, public speaking, your favourite sport or even sleeping position.