What you may want to know about the first lesson
First of all, you don’t need to take off your clothes or wear special clothing. However, since working on a table is often part of the lesson it is advised to wear trousers (ladies). A light, comfortable garment allows you sensation and you can see the positions of your bones and muscles in the mirror.
The Alexander lesson doesn’t cause you pain, no force is used at all. It helps you release tension, and old habits that are responsible for the tension.
What does a teacher do at an Alexander technique lesson?
He or she observe your posture and movements. Also, as a very important part to complete the visual information, they use their hands to touch the neck, back, shoulders etc. so they can receive more information about your way of use and condition.
As the teachers hands are receiving information from your body at the same time they are also transferring information to you. Hands are gently leading your body and helping you to release unnecessary tension. Of course, every teacher has their own teaching style so teaching the Alexander technique may vary from teacher to teacher. Some teachers speak more at the introduction of each lesson whilst others prefer to introduce the lesson using a more visual or animated teaching style. Some teachers are more animated, using wide, easy movements to teach whilst others rather hardly move but verbally guide the student.
"Our voices are talking to your thinking apparatus, our hands are talking to your sense of feeling." Marjorie Barstow
How long does a lesson take and how many will I need?
First of all, I would kindly suggest you to take 1 lesson, so you can see if it suits you.
A lesson normally lasts 30 to 45 minutes and it may take a few lessons before the student has some idea of how fast they will develop. Since the pupil is experiencing something new a lot will depend on how far they want to take it. Most pupils take lessons for a few months anywhere from 20 to 40 lessons and later they may return for reminder lessons from time to time. At the beginning, motivated pupils may attend 3 to 4 times a week. For those, who have deeply ingrained habits it is advised to take lessons as often as possible, maybe even every day so that the nervous system has less chance to forget what has been learned from the last lesson.
However, the Alexander technique has been used successfully in the following areas:
- Headache, backache
- tiredness, restlessness, inattentiveness
- some neurotic problems
- After a hernia operation on the spine, the Alexander method helps to prevent recrudescence. Sometimes operation can be avoided, hernia retrogrades.
- Functional impediment of speech
- Buzzing in the ears
- Slight alteration in the organ of locomotion can be improved by freeing movement.
- As lack of 'oxygen muscle tension compulsion' consequence for those not mentally handicapped.
- vein problems
- breathing and digestion difficulties