How many lessons are required – how long will it take?
This question is also the hardest to answer. Everyone comes with his or her own particular circumstances, commitment level, natural aptitude for learning, and so forth. I ask first-time students in return: “Why are you interested in the Alexander Technique? What are you hoping to achieve?” At the end of the day, it’s really up to the you to make this decision for yourself.”
How much does it cost?
I offer individual and package rates, in addition to a discounted rate for students. See Your First Lesson for current pricing info.
What happens during a lesson?
Lessons depend greatly on your willingness to learn and your own particular challenges. They usually last 40-50 minutes, and involve guided movements, such as sitting and walking, in addition to work done lying on a table.
Isn’t it really just about learning proper posture?
Far from it. The Alexander Technique is about learning to recognize habitual patterns of use and working towards eliminating habits that interfere with optimal functioning. Through guided movements, you become aware of how much extra effort you add to even the most simple and natural movements. Consistent study and practice allow you to rediscover your natural physical alignment, which can lead to the release of stress, both physical and mental.
Are group sessions available?
Lessons are usually conducted on an individual basis. Special classes, lectures, and demonstrations, however, are available for small groups when appropriate.
Am I too old to start the Alexander Technique?
Never! To date, my oldest student began at the age of 80, as did Alexander’s famous pupil, George Bernard Shaw. As long as you are willing to learn about yourself and have the desire to grow, you can study the Alexander Technique at any age.
Can children benefit from learning the Alexander Technique?
I have taught children as young as nine, and several in their early teens. One of Alexander’s observations was how young children, especially toddlers, employ a relatively clean, natural use of their body. Unfortunately, as we grow, most of us learn new (and usually detrimental) physical habits from the examples of older family members, other children, and adults. The best thing for children, therefore, is to have parents who can set a positive example. The Alexander Technique can teach parents how to become just that.