is the Alexander Technique
where the Alexander Techniqu is practiced /taught in UK
can you expect from an Alexander Technique session
about what an Alexander Technique session involves
are the main Qualifications a practitioner should have?
can Alexander Technique Treat?
What is the Alexander
technique can be defined as a way of learning to deal with the harmful
tensions that we all carry around in our bodies.
It is a movement
therapy where you "relearn" correct posture, coordination of
body parts and muscle balance to carry your whole body in a less stressful
and more efficient way. It teaches you to achieve postural harmony to
improve body functions like breathing, circulation and digestion. This
in turn has a very positive effect on our psychological well being, mood
Matthias Alexander developed the Alexander Technique in London
in the 1890s.
He was an
professional actor who started to lose his voice. This was obviously a
hugely significant event for him and he resolved to deal with it. As a
result he came up with his technique.
that he had stumbled across something of tremendous value he used it to
teach vocal training to singers and actors.
In his training
method, he focused primarily on breathing and his technique helped in
improving students’ breathing patterns. Alexander's technique of
vocal training was originally termed as "respiratory re-education.”
clear that the technique also helped various physical difficulties.
Alexander technique is now used to eliminate back pain, improve breathing,
prevent excess tension and improving posture. Adherents rediscover feelings
of youthful lightness. They seem to look younger.
Places where the
Alexander Technique is practiced /taught in UK
organization, societies and associations work in the field of Alexander
STAT - The
Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique https://www.stat.org.uk/
The Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT) https://www.paat.org.uk/
United Kingdom Alexander Technique Associates (Ukata) https://www.ukata.co.uk
What can you expect
from an Alexander Technique session
It takes several lessons to learn the technique - or rather unlearn the
bad habits we have picked up since our perfect posture as small children.
The lesson is like a form of hands on light manipluation education. The
aim is to teach you how to overcome habitual limitations in your thinking
the technique through individual or group lessons. The teacher teaches
this technique by using verbal instructions combined with hand contact.
If the lesson
is in a group, the teacher will use short individual lessons for each
member of the group.
It is not
a curative treatment session. It is a lesson. You do not have a "patient-doctor
relationship" in the lessons. It is more teacher / pupil. Basically
you learn the technique to practice later.
You do not
have to follow any prescribed movement. You can do the activities and
movements while engaged in something else.
Questions about what
an Alexander Technique session involves
Do I need to buy any equipment?
Any comfortable, normal clothing
long is a session?
45 minutes to 1 hour. The first session is usually 1 hour in which the
teacher may try to find out your need and devise a plan of action.
is expected of clients?
During the lessons, you follow the direction of the teacher and practice
different movements. You will be given advice to sustain the lessons and
become successful in learning the process.
Average costs / fees per session
£25 to £35 depending on length of the session, location in
the country and the experience of the teacher.
What are the main
Qualifications a practitioner should have?
A practitioner needs a minimum of three years training and should complete
about 1600 contact hours from a training school.
Various societies also offer courses like the M.S.T.A.T (Member of the
Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique).
What can Alexander
Alexander Technique is thought to be effective in treating the following
back problems, stuttering, correcting voice loss, posture problem, offering
speech training, avoiding Repetitive muscle and Strain Injury, coping
with mobility of patients of Parkinson's disease, balance problems, complete
recovery from physical injury, as a Physical therapy.
The Technique can be beneficial if you are suffering from chronic pain,
injury or excessive stress.
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