How many lessons will I need?
As everyone is different, it is difficult to give a precise answer to this question. Many people notice a difference after one lesson, but a course of 6 – 10 lessons would provide a basic understanding for a new student. Initially lessons are usually once a week, but as you become more confident and aware, this may reduce to once a fortnight, and then once every three weeks. Eventually you will just need to occasionally have a refresher to keep you on track. It also depends upon your willingness to apply what you learn in lessons. To give you some idea of how lessons might progress, here is a link to an article by a journalist describing her first experiences with the Alexander Technique.
What happens in a lesson?
Every lesson is tailored to individual needs, but you can expect to explore the way you use your body in everyday tasks. This can help you become aware of habitual patterns that cause tension and help you to find a more natural way of moving. You might also lie down on your back on a treatment table, while the teacher gently moves your body to allow it to release unnecessary tension and re-balance.
How long is a lesson?
Lessons last for 40 minutes, apart from the first consultation which lasts for 1 hour. During this initial consultation I will take a brief medical history, explain what the Alexander Technique is and how it works, and we will also discuss your expectations and what you hope to achieve.
What should I wear?
Just wear loose comfortable clothes that allow you easy movement. As you will probably be lying down during the lessons it is better not to wear a skirt. The only items of clothing you will need to remove will be your shoes and coat.
What should I do if I cannot attend a lesson?
Providing you give me at least 24 hours notice of cancellation you will not be charged for the lesson. Unless there is a serious medical emergency, you will be charged for lessons where the 24 hours notice has not been given.
Are Alexander Technique lessons covered by private health insurance?
Some private health insurers (PHI) provide cover for AT lessons, and many of my students have successfully claimed on their PHI. I would strongly recommend contacting your PHI company to ask whether they will cover AT lessons. I am happy to provide an invoice and to complete any necessary forms to facilitate this for my students.
Are Alexander Technique teachers medically qualified?
No, however, teachers of the Alexander Technique have to undergo 1600 hours of supervised professional training to reach the required standard to be certified as a Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (MSTAT). Most teachers of the Alexander Technique aren’t medical professionals. We do not diagnose and ask students to seek medical advice for conditions prior to attending lessons.
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