Working together, we’ll uncover any unhelpful patterns of use that might be getting in your way, causing pain or hindering your performance.
You will learn new ways to approach movement as your ideas about how to move become clearer.
As you begin to integrate what you are learning, you’ll naturally begin to move with more ease, think with greater clarity, and perform better in areas that are important to you, such as your job, your musicianship, hobbies or fitness activities, with similar results filtering into other unexpected areas of your life.
While each lesson is shaped by the individual needs of the student on the day, generally speaking, here are a few things you can expect in your first lesson.
Your teacher, Helene, will want to find out a bit about you, your reasons for coming and the types of activities and interests that make up your daily life.
Using hands-on and vocal guidance, Helene will often begin with exploring common everyday movements such as sitting, walking, bending, and reaching, as you begin to expand your understanding of how your body is designed to move.
Rather than wanting to find a perfect posture, the Alexander Technique’s usefulness is about movement, postural functioning and how we use our whole psycho-physical self – in activity.
Here are some questions that students often ask and our answers. If you have other questions or concerns, please get in touch.
The Alexander Technique is essentially an educational process, a set of tools that you learn and apply to whatever you’re doing in your everyday life.
While Alexander lessons may have a therapeutic effect, they are not therapy or treatment.
The Alexander Technique is a process of re-education, learning how the body is designed to function while identifying your own patterns of use that govern how you function, and learning how to use that information to move towards a better coordination of your whole self.
Wear comfortable clothing that allow for ease of movement. You may wish to take off your shoes, but otherwise you will remain fully clothed.
Nothing to bring but your whole self, a curious mind, a willingness to learn, and to be open to discovering something surprising and new. This is the best way to ensure you gain the greatest benefit from your lessons.
For all in-person lessons:
All visitors to the studio must be double vaccinated. Please be prepared to show your current COVID vaccination certificate on request.
IF YOU ARE UNWELL
If you are unwell, have a sore throat, runny nose, or headache, please do not attend your lesson. Call or text to let us know, and to reschedule your lesson when you have recovered.
You may be asked to show a negative result from a Rapid Antigen Test. If you do not have one, you can purchase one from us for $10 which will be added onto your bill.
Depending on current medical advice, if asked, please wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin completely for the duration of the lesson. If you do not have one with you, you can purchase a mask from us when you arrive for $5.
Hand sanitiser will be available for you.
Please bring your own container of water with you.
Thank you for your support in keeping us all safe through this pandemic.