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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

Given the hands-on nature of Alexander in-person work and the current physical distancing requirements, all individual lessons and group classes are being conducted online through the Zoom platform.

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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

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.

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 or other musculoskeletal issues
~ musicianship
~ confidence in performance
~ anxiety or stress-related conditions
~ breathing and voice
~ sports-related issues
~ recovery from injuries
~ quality of sleep
~ pre-conception, pregnancy, or after childbirth

Initial lessons are 60 minutes and regular lessons are 45 minutes each.

Most students come for lessons once a week. At times, to address specific needs, a student may choose to have more frequent lessons. You can discuss this with Helene.

For information regarding lesson costs, please refer to the Tuition page.

Bookings for all online lessons and workshops are open for those in Australia as well as in other countries.

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.

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

While you will gain benefit from each session you have, people usually start with a course of ten weekly lessons. A course of 28 lessons has been scientifically shown to dramatically reduce chronic back pain.

F.M. Alexander, the creator of the technique, required that his students attend a lesson every day for 30 days. If you'd like to do the same, and give yourself the greatest opportunity for significant and sustainable change, please discuss if this is appropriate for you with Helene.

Apart from perhaps taking off your shoes, you will remain fully-clothed throughout your lesson.

Since you may be walking, standing, sitting, squatting, lying down, and moving around, it's preferable to wear non-restrictive comfortable clothing with plenty of room that allows you to take your arms up above your head, and to bend your knees towards your chest.

Barefoot or socked feet are preferable.

For in-person lessons, please avoid sleeveless and cap sleeve tops.

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

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