Lessons are shaped by individual needs, and guided by each person’s interests. In each lesson, you will build a more anatomically accurate body map while learning to recognise habitual patterns of movement that may not be serving you so well. You will learn how to stop doing things in unhelpful ways and introduce changes to your functional use of your whole self. As you begin to integrate what you are learning, you’ll find yourself naturally moving with more ease, and performing better, with results filtering into all areas of your life.
In an Alexander lesson, we begin by taking a history, evaluating your strengths and weaknesses, and to observing your functional posture as you move in order to discover some of the underlying ideas you have about movement.
With light hands-on touch and vocal guidance, we will often begin our work with common everyday movements such as sitting, walking, bending, reaching, carrying, and squatting and we begin to improve the accuracy of your body map.
Let’s consider what we know and understand about the workings of a car, for example, or a bicycle, or a laptop, the more you know about it and how it’s designed to function, the greater facility you have with using it well. The same can be applied to the use of your whole self. The more accurate your proprioceptive awareness, the greater your facility with moving and functioning with balance, strength and ease – the way we’re designed, the way nature intended.
So in each lesson, through anatomical education and practical repetition, we begin to retrain the brain by intervening in the default autopilot, and begin to consciously and more mindfully find new ways that promote more freedom and more ease.
Each lesson usually includes table work and gentle touch to facilitate integration of the lesson’s work.
Over a course of lessons, as your nervous system calms and these new ways become integrated throughout your whole self, people find that their experience of pain is reduced, their mobility is enhanced, and wellbeing improves.
Lessons typically run for 50 to 60 minutes and students will typically have one or two lessons per week over the course of 6 to 12 months.
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