Frequently asked questions about Alexander Technique
Is it expensive?
The great thing about taking Alexander Technique lessons is that you are learning a skill for life. After completing a course of basic lessons you practise as you live your life every day. You may decide to have more lessons later, or not.
Is there any proof the Technique works?
Yes! One of the most important trials, supported by the Medical Research Council, concluded: ‘One-to-one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long-term benefits for patients with chronic back pain’. You can read more in the BMJ report: http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a884
You can find details of other research on the STAT website: https://alexandertechnique.co.uk/alexander-technique/published-research
Is it like yoga?
Alexander Technique is neither an exercise regime nor a meditation practice. It is based around a set of principles to be applied to everything you do in your daily life. Following lessons you might become more aware of how you're using your body in a yoga class or while typing. You'll begin to rediscover the natural balance and poise you had as a child.
Will it make sitting at my desk more comfortable?
While you may sometimes feel like punching your computer, it won't help you make that deadline. We accumulate muscular tension from mental as well as physical causes. This tension eventually leads to a variety of problems. I can help you recognise these problems, see how you've contributed to them, and help you take back control.
Do I have to do exercises?
No, there aren't any exercises, but it's important you apply what you learn in lessons to your everyday life. A useful skill to cultivate is that of Active Rest. (To find out more, come for a taster lesson or attend one of my workshops.) Do this for a few minutes every day and notice the benefits.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes it is! I trained with The Developing Self to teach children and young people. Some children even have private lessons, although this tends to be because they play a musical instrument or face a particular problem.
Who was F M Alexander?
Take a look at the film clip below or read a short account of the history of the Alexander Technique.
Where can I find more information?
There's a very useful website called The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique. You'll find lots more information and links there.