Online &
In-Person
Private
Lessons

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Lessons are shaped by individual needs, and guided by each person’s interests. In each lesson, you will build a more accurate map of your body, and learn how to move with your body’s design, rather than unconsciously working against yourself. 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 observe how you move, and look at your overall posture as you move to determine the underlying ideas you have about movement.

Using guiding hands and vocal instruction, we work with the common movements of standing, sitting, and walking, and drawing on sensory feedback, we begin to improve the accuracy of your body mapping. The more accurate your proprioceptive awareness, the greater your facility with moving and functioning with balance and ease – the way nature intended.

So in each lesson, through anatomical education and practical repetition, we are actually retraining the brain by intervening in how we’ve always responded to stimuli on autopilot, and instead, consciously and mindfully exploring a new way that brings with it more freedom and more ease.

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.

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 report experiencing improvements in their health, what happens in a lesson is neither a treatment nor a healing session, nor is it fitness training, or meditation. It is NOT a substitute for treatment of physical or mental conditions best addressed by a medical doctor or clinical therapist. Rather, it is an 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 surprising improvement in areas such as  . . . ~ chronic pain or discomfort ~ postural and other musculoskeletal issues ~ musicianship ~ confidence in performance ~ anxiety or stress-related conditions ~ breathing and voice ~ sports-related issues ~ recovery from injuries ~ quality of sleep ~ pregnancy-related issues

How long are the lessons

Lessons are usually kept to around 45 minutes, although occasionally they may go some minutes longer.

How many lessons will I need

This largely depends on what you are looking to gain from your lessons, and you can discuss this in your conversation with Helene. We recommend you commit to an initial course of 10 to 12 lessons. After than, you may wish to continue the learning process, and again, you can work this out as you go.

What should I wear to my lesson

Wear non-restrictive comfortable clothes with plenty of room to allow you to move freely. If you are coming for an in-person lesson, please wear something with short or long sleeves rather than sleeveless or capped sleeves.

What should I bring to my lesson

Nothing required to bring but your whole self, a curious mind, a willingness to learn, and being open to discovering something surprising and new.

How can I find a teacher closer to me

ONLINE All online lessons, group classes and workshops are open to students anywhere in Australia. 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.

book a lesson

If you’d like to book a private lesson or have a chat to answer any questions you may have, please get in touch with Helene on 0412 589 584. Or if you prefer, you can send her an email here.