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FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be sure if I want to take lessons?

Clarinetist's handsI recommend taking 2-3 lessons to see what it is like and if the work resonates with you. It also gives me the opportunity to get a sense of your goals. At that point you will know better if you are ready to take a 5 or 10 lesson series. After 5 lessons, you and I will discuss your overall progress and decide the best course of study. You may continue with weekly or bi-monthly lessons until you feel you are able to apply what you are learning more easily into your life.

How many lessons are recommended?

F. M. Alexander said a person should have a lesson for each year of his/her life. It takes years to develop the habits we have, which feel natural and normal. Unfortunately, these habits don’t go away in one or two lessons.

An introductory series of 10 lessons will give you a good sense of the benefits of the Alexander Technique. Continued study of 20 to 30 lessons may be necessary for you to learn to apply AT to your daily life and specialized activities. Ultimately the number of lessons depends on your goals. Some people study regularly for long periods of time and others find satisfaction and improvement in a shorter course of study. It is a lifetime self practice.

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How often should I come?

Weekly lessons are advisable at the beginning because it takes a great deal of repetition to bring about change in the nervous system. As you progress you may continue your study with bi-monthly or monthly lessons or choose to stay on a weekly schedule.

Is it better to start in a group class or with a private lesson?

DancersNothing is as effective as learning the technique in a private lesson with individual attention and sophisticated hands-on work with a qualified teacher.

Group classes can be effective in giving an introduction to the Alexander Technique as well as helping to develop awareness and observational skills. If you have had several individual lessons, a group class would be useful in helping you maintain and further explore what you have learned.

The combination of a group class with individual private lessons is also an excellent way to learn AT.

What should I wear?

Comfortable and loose fitting clothes are best. Skirts and dresses for women are not recommended for lying down work on the table.

Why does my teacher ask me to keep eyes open when it is easier for me to relax or concentrate when closed?

Standing work with dancerAT isn’t a relaxation technique or a type of therapy where you are passively treated. It is a movement re-education method that works with the mind and body together (psycho-physical) with the goal of teaching you to manage your psychophysical habits in any situation, for example, driving a car, giving a talk, or working at the computer. Keeping the eyes open keeps you present.

You will be asked to think and be aware of your external environment while simultaneously being aware of your internal environment. You are actively engaged and you and I are working together.


Can Alexander Technique Take Away Chronic Pain?

leaningThere can be a significant reduction and even possibly disappearance of pain, especially if one’s chronic pain is due to poor and in-efficient movement and postural habits. Alexander Technique can be effective in pain management.

Please be aware that Alexander teachers are not medical advisors or therapists and are not in a position to diagnose. The exception would be if your teacher was also a doctor, physical therapist or other medical practitioner.

How is AT different from Pilates, Rolfing, and Feldenkrais?

AT is not an exercise program/system or a series of exploratory movements and it does not involve massage or structural manipulation.

AT addresses how you function as a whole, psychophysically, in all activities.

How do I find teachers in other areas or teacher training courses?

Go to the website the American Society for the Alexander Technique, AmSAT, the national organization for AT. www.amsat.ws

Where can I order books on the Alexander Technique?

 

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