Lessons are typically 45 minutes each. Although the basic principles of Alexander Technique are the same for everyone, I'll listen to your specific desires and goals, tailoring each lesson to you.
The Alexander Technique works by combining mindfulness with gentle neuromuscular training. You’ll gain awareness of your physiological responses to pain and stress, such as restricted breathing, tensed muscles, and compromised posture. At the same time, you’ll learn how to untangle and prevent these responses as they’re happening, with the possibility for decreased pain, freer breathing and posture, more easeful movement, and decreased performance anxiety.
With supportive verbal and hands-on guidance from me, we'll practice sitting, standing, and walking, and you'll experience a new lightness that comes with moving without engaging your usual tension patterns. I’ll essentially be an easeful biofeedback to your movement, providing stimulus and gentle correction to help you learn a new way of moving.
Another portion of an Alexander lesson is spent with you lying in semi-supine position on a table. As in chair work, I'll use gentle verbal and hands-on guidance to help recognize and address your specific movement habits. Because it's easier for us to let go of excess tension when we're not responsible for keeping ourselves upright, students often find it easier to relax tense muscles in table work.
We can apply what you’re learning to specific activities where you think it could be most helpful. The Alexander Technique can be brought to any activity—sitting at a computer, standing for long periods of time, performing in front of an audience, improving a golf swing, or simply for managing stress. As you learn to undo your habits, your body will remember what it feels like to relax and move with ease. Soon you'll learn to apply this “letting go” in your everyday life, too.