You learn the Alexander Technique through one-to-one lessons with a qualified teacher who will address your individual needs. Learning the Alexander Technique involves changing long-standing habits of movement, and relies on your active participation.
The teacher uses calm and gentle hands-on guidance and verbal explanations to help you find ease and balance within yourself. Improvement can be found in the simple movements of everyday life such as sitting, standing, walking or bending as well as in more demanding activities such as sport and recreation. Read what some famous people have said about the Technique here.
The Technique involves no specific exercises, requires no special equipment, and can be practised wherever you are. It is suitable for people of all ages and levels of physical fitness.
The number of lessons you take can be discussed with your teacher and depends on your particular needs and goals. Each lesson lasts approximately forty minutes.
Through experience and observation you gain increased awareness, enabling you to change long-standing habits and to function more efficiently. In time you will be able to use your new understanding and skill in more complex and demanding activities; you can bring awareness and poise to anything you do.
A lesson usually includes lying down in the classic Alexander Technique semi-supine position which allows maximum support and relief for the back. Regular use of this position can bring long-term benefits.