Taking a course of one-on-one lessons with a qualified teacher is by far the most effective way to make progress with the Alexander Technique. A typical lesson generally lasts for 45 minutes. The teacher will facilitate the student's progress with hands-on guidance and verbal cues.
Everyone has their own pace and needs; however, it is recommended that a student commit to a series of lessons in order to experience the cumulative effect. Compare the process to taking music lessons: you won't come away from one or two lessons knowing how to play a brand new instrument. Some people are happy to acquire the basics and continue working on their own; others will take lessons for years and delve into the subtleties that the work has to offer. It is a matter of personal preference.
Some health insurance plans in Québec cover Alexander Technique lessons; inquire for more information.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear to my lesson?
The student should wear comfortable non-restrictive clothing for the lesson, including socks and tops with sleeves (short sleeves are fine).
Is the Alexander Technique compatible with other therapies?
Yes. Since the Alexander Technique isn't actually a therapy, but an educational process which brings about the conscious release of unnecessary stress and tension patterns, it won't conflict with other work you are receiving.
I have heard that the Alexander Technique is basically posture training - is that the case?
No, the technique is not posture training; however, having lessons will most likely result in the acquisition of a natural and easy poise that others will identify as "great posture". Think of the ease with which a four year old stands up tall - it's effortless, and needless to say, she's not thinking about her posture! The Alexander Technique will impart a similar, natural ease in your own uprightness.
Are lessons in the Alexander Technique appropriate for children and teenagers?
Yes! The less established habitual stress and tension patterns are, the easier it is to put them aside. Very young children generally have good use of themselves, but will naturally imitate the stress patterns that are demonstrated to them by their family members and teachers. At its very best, the Alexander Technique is a preventative practice, meant to steer us clear of doing ourselves harm. Children and teenagers are in an optimal position to take advantage of all the technique has to offer.