20th September 2018 

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Q & A #01

questions and answers

Below are some of the questions that I am frequently asked about the Alexander Technique. If there is anything that you wish to know that is not answered here, please feel free to email or call me.

what happens in a lesson?
The Technique is a practical learning process which will show you how to help yourself. I will combine questions, practical illustrations and stories with a gentle form of manipulation, all of which will be designed to help you step outside of the limitations that you have come to think of as normal. We will start to unravel what is causing your difficulty and investigate simpler, more efficient and beneficial solutions.

Initially we will look at simple activities such as sitting, standing and walking. Depending on your particular requirements, we can then relate these ideas to more specialised activities. The sessions are informal and relaxed. You can dress however you feel comfortable.

how many lessons will I need?
This is a very personal choice. Because Alexander’s work is a learning process, how many lessons you have will depend on what level of understanding and application you wish to reach. How quickly you progress will depend on how open you are to change and your level of commitment to working with the ideas.

Q & A #02Most commonly I will recommend an initial block of 6-10 lessons, which will give you a basic foundation in Alexander’s work. The greatest benefit is likely to be gained by taking these sessions weekly or twice weekly to begin with. Following this, we can reassess your situation. Some people are happy with what they have accomplished at this stage; many chose to go on studying for longer periods of time.

will I be given exercises to do?
No. Although there are extremely valid reasons for taking regular exercise, I do not ask you to solve your current difficulties by doing exercises. If we are creating excessive tension, we will bring this same tension to whatever movement we are making. Exercising in this way may lead to further discomfort and sometimes injury. Instead of giving you exercises to make you better, I will teach you how to stop doing the things that are causing your problem in the first place.

does the Alexander Technique deal with specific medical problems?
Alexander's work does not deal directly with any specific medical problems. However, it is not unusual for people with medical conditions to develop reactive strategies in order to cope with their condition. Unknown to them, these very strategies are adding to the difficulties they are experiencing. These reactions often involve creating unnecessary muscular tension which they mistakenly attribute to their medical problem. The Technique helps you to address these unhelpful reactions. Consequently, when people have learned to adopt more helpful strategies, they often report great improvement even though the specific medical problem has not changed.

On occasions, the unnecessary muscular tension that a person is creating is the primary cause of their problem. In Alexander lessons, we look at ways to prevent this tension, and in the process the condition can improve enormously.

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