alexander lessons

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 a Lesson

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why are they called lessons

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 people may see similarities in their experience during a lesson, is not therapy, or a healing session, or fitness training, or meditation. It is also NOT a substitute for treatment of physical or mental health conditions best addressed by a medical doctor or clinical therapist.

It is rather an educative process, the opportunity to learn, with the guidance of a trained Alexander teacher, about how your body is designed to function, and how to use it optimally to reduce pain, increase ease and freedom of movement, and improve your ability to perform at your best.

Who can benefit from the technique

People of all ages and occupations enjoy great benefits from the technique and discover rewarding improvement in areas such as  . . .

~ chronic pain or discomfort
~ postural and other musculoskeletal issues
~ musicianship
~ education and learning
~ confidence in performance
~ strength and muscle tone
~ anxiety or stress-related conditions
~ breathing and voice
~ sports-related issues
~ recovery from injuries
~ quality of sleep
~ pregnancy-related issues

What should I wear to my lesson

Wear regular, comfortable clothing that allow ease of movement.

What should I bring to my lesson

Nothing to bring but your whole self, a curious mind, a willingness to learn, and being open to discovering something surprising and new. This is the best way to ensure your lessons make the biggest difference for you.

How can I find a teacher closer to me

ONLINE
All online lessons, group classes and workshops are open to students anywhere in Australia. International students are also welcome, provided the time difference is manageable.

IN-PERSON
If you wish to book an in-person lesson, but cannot get to Bentleigh East VIC, you can search for an Alexander Teacher nearer you in Melbourne or elsewhere in Australia by visiting the AUSTAT website and clicking on the “Find A Teacher” search tool.

OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA
For those not in Australia, search for a teacher in other countries by visiting The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique website.

ready to book?

To book a private lesson or have a chat about any questions you have, please get in touch.

Helene Goldberg
Mobile: 0412 589 584
Email: info@helenegoldberg.com.au

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