Because we all have such unique movement patterns, injury histories, and goals, the best way to learn the Alexander Technique is through private lessons. During lessons we will begin by discussing your reasons for wanting to take lessons, and what goals you have or problems you are wanting to solve. After that we will usually explore how you can examine and enhance common everyday movements such as standing, sitting, walking, bending, lifting, and other basic everyday activities. Using verbal and gentle hands-on guidance, we will look at how you can use your intelligence and attention in order to recognize and prevent unnecessary patterns of tension in these simple activities. The result is often experiences of greater freedom, ease, and effortlessness in activity. Lessons help people gain new insights into their unique habits of movement, posture, and response that have built up over a lifetime.
As you progress and learn more about how you move, we will often work with activities directly related to the interests and goals of each person. This could include playing a musical instrument, working at a computer, doing yoga, or anything else a person would like to practice. We will look at how you are currently coordinating yourself in these activities, and how you can notice and remove certain habits and patterns that are getting in your way. We’ll explore alternative ways of doing the same activities that involve less effort and strain, and often lead to better performance and results. Clients are encouraged to come with questions and activities they would like to work on.
Some lessons also include some basic anatomy to learn more about the structure and function of the human body, and how this knowledge can be applied experientially to make moving easier. Not boringly memorizing muscle and bone names, but exploring relevant details about how your joints work that you can start applying right away to make movement easier. People often have misconceptions about where their joints are and how they work. Learning a more accurate body map can open up a world of ease and pleasure in movement. By learning more about the realities of your own architecture in a practical and applied way, you can learn how to take advantage and actively work with your design instead of unconsciously working against it.
Most lessons also include some lying down work on a massage table practising what is often called constructive rest, active rest, or the semi-supine position. This removes the challenge of having to support oneself upright, and can make it easier to recognize and undo tensions in the body and learn how to release and prevent them. This helps people develop their kinaesthetic sensitivity to notice these tensions in other areas of their life. Many clients say it also feels better than a massage.
Cost, length, location, etc.
Individual lessons last about 40 minutes and are $50 (payable by cash, cheque, or email money transfer). Introductory packages of 6 lessons are available for $260 (save $40), or 10 lessons for $420 (save $80). Discounts are available for students for single lessons. I generally recommend trying more than one lesson before deciding whether or not Alexander Technique study is right for you. There is no set or required number of lessons, as this will depend very much on your goals and situation. No special clothing or materials are required, but is best to wear something that does not restrict your movement. Lessons take place at my bright, spacious home studio in the heart of Fernwood in Victoria, BC.
If you would like to book a lesson or have any other questions, please get in touch here. If you are curious but not quite ready to try a lesson yet, I would be happy to speak with you by phone or email to help figure out if Alexander Technique study is right for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.