Alexander Technique lessons
The Alexander Technique is usually taught in one-to-one lessons
of 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour. Your teacher will use their hands, often on the head, neck,
shoulders and back, to guide you through movements or release tension when still. At the
same time a teacher uses their eyes to pick up on how you are doing and gives verbal
Since the Alexander Technique is about how you act, it can be applied to any action.
The aim is to teach a skillful way of living in everyday life, so teachers often choose everyday actions
such as sitting, standing and walking in lessons. (The About AT
section describes specialist applications of AT - though it's best to have some
general lessons first.)
Many lessons include lying on a massage table (as shown). The teacher does not
massage, but uses words and touch to teach you how to release habitual tensions and find your own improved state.
Pupils usually have a lesson a week. Some choose to have more frequent lessons
(Alexander's pupils came every day) and some experienced pupils just have a monthly
It's natural to ask how many lessons you should have. Whilst the answer
depends on what you need, your approach to lessons and the rapport with your teacher,
here are some hints.
After eight to ten lessons, you should have an understanding of what the technique is, have experienced better use of your self
in simple actions and have learned to apply these skills in your own life.
If, after three to five lessons, you feel nothing is happening you may want to consider why this is.
I would encourage you to talk to your teacher or ask people who know you if they have seen changes. It
may be worth continuing or trying another teacher. Pupils should know that each Alexander teacher
has their own style - so it can be a case of finding the right one for you!